Over 100 SD&G drivers cited during distracted driving blitz

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – Over 100 SD&G drivers were caught last week during the O.P.P.’s distracted driving campaign.

SD&G O.P.P. Const. Eric Ranger told Cornwall Newswatch, 112 drivers were charged for distracted driving and an additional five motorists were cited for careless driving in relation to distracted driving.

Those figures were shared following the release of statistics by the East Region headquarters in Smiths Falls, Ont. on Thursday, following the biltz from March 12-18, 2018.

In Eastern Ontario, 688 drivers were charged for using hand-held devices while driving. An additional 22 drivers were cited for careless driving while being distracted behind the wheel.

“(It’s) a disheartening reminder that the community has not heard the message,” O.P.P. Traffic Inspector Paul Bedard said. “Inattentive driving results in tragedy that can be avoided. The OPP is asking for your assistance in stopping this tragedy, by simply keeping your eyes and attention focused on driving and nothing further.”

A distracted driving conviction carries a $400 fine plus three demerit points on your driver’s licence.