Leave the Phone Alone: local police push distracted driving message

SD&G O.P.P. Const. Tylor Copeland stands next to a driver, showing off her thumb band on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, east of Long Sault, Ont. Police handed out roughly 200 pamphlets and bands as part of the Leave the Phone Alone distracted driving campaign. (SD&G O.P.P. via Newswatch Group)

SD&G – Police officers gave out roughly 200 pamphlets and red thumb bands to motorists on County Road 2, Tuesday, as part of a campaign to end distracted driving.

The public relations campaign is organized by the Community Leaders for Safe Driving.

The group of SD&G O.P.P. and Cornwall police, local health agencies, Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services was morphed from what was once known as Safe Grad.

Const. Tylor Copeland said they had originally planned to be on Brookdale Avenue near Highway 401 at noon today but moved to County Road 2 near the Lost Villages because the Brookdale location got too busy.

Copeland said they plan to do another campaign soon within the city, which will be coordinated by Const. Jeff Lalonde of the Cornwall Community Police Service.

Const. Copeland is also doing a schools tour to spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving.

You can learn more about Leave the Phone Alone here.