CORNWALL, Ontario – The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) is committed to reducing the number of distracted drivers on our roadways. During the month of July, officers will be increasing their focus towards drivers using hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle as part of the CPS’ monthly traffic initiative.
Whether you are driving, stopped in traffic or at a red light, it is illegal to use a phone or other hand-held wireless communication device. First time offenders are subject to a fine of up to $1,000, three demerit points, and a three-day suspension.
“It can take just seconds for a collision to occur due to a driver’s attention being focused elsewhere,” said Inspector Chad Maxwell of the Field Operations Division. “The CPS recognizes that distracted driving is a year-round issue in our community and we are fully engaged in this traffic initiative. We want to bring awareness to the risks and penalties associated to distracted driving, and work towards preventing it from occurring altogether.”
Research has shown that one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half hour. Additionally, a driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road.
Enhancing traffic safety is a major objective within the CPS Strategic Plan. As such, monthly safety initiatives have been developed to keep the public informed and promote safer roadways and bike paths. These initiatives will be carried out by the Traffic Unit, as well as Community Patrol Officers.