COVID-19 updates
Ask Nereda First
COVID-19 Business Info

24-Dec-2019

Driver watching YouTube videos rolls through RIDE program


West Grey Police logo

FROM A DECEMBER 24 WEST GREY POLICE MEDIA RELEASE — On the Monday December 23, West Grey Police officers were conducting a RIDE program at the intersection of Durham Road East and Garafraxa Street North. Officers were met by a 60 year old Kitchener man who drove through the RIDE program while watching a YouTube video on his cellular phone. The driver was pulled over and was issued an offence notice for Drive – Display Screen Visible to Driver contrary to section 78(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

Distracted driving is not just about cell phones. GPS units, Smartwatches, Tablets and Laptops all lead to driver inattention.  Until 2015, the maximum fine for distracted driving in Ontario was $500. On January 1, 2018, the Ontario government changed the Highway Traffic Act raising the maximum fine for distracted driving to $1000 on a first offence and added a three-day licence suspension upon conviction of a first offence.

Drivers who continue to contravene this section of the law face a seven day licence suspension upon conviction of a second offence and repeat offenders with more than two distracted driving charges face 30-day suspensions of their driver’s licence. Drivers with a class G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence, who are convicted of distracted driving or driving with a hand held device receive the same fine as A to G drivers as well as a 30-day licence suspension for a first conviction, a 90-day licence suspension for a second conviction and cancellation of your licence and removal from the Graduated Licensing System for a third conviction.

People who engage in distracted driving may be charged with:

  • Section 78(1) Highway Traffic Act (HTA) – Drive – Display screen visible to driver;
  • Section 78.1(1) HTA – Drive – Hand-held communication device;
  • Section 78.1(2) HTA – Drive – Hand-held entertainment device.

“When driving, you are in control and share a responsibility for road safety. Distracted driving is not only hazardous to you, it endangers your passengers and everyone on and around the roadways. A driver who checks a text message for five seconds while travelling at 90 km/h is the equivalent to having driven the length of a football field while you were blindfolded. We want everyone to enjoy a safe holiday season so keep your eyes on the road and keep your mind on the task of driving.” says Chief Robert Martin of the West Grey Police Service.

 


At South Grey News, we endeavour to bring you truthful up-to-date local community news in a quick and easy-to-digest format that’s free of political bias. We believe this service is more important today than ever before, as social media has given rise to misinformation, largely unchecked by big corporations who put profits ahead of their responsibilities.

South Grey News does not have the resources of a big corporation. We are a small, locally owned-and-operated organization. Research, analysis and physical attendance at public meetings and community events requires considerable effort. But contributions from readers and advertisers, however big or small, go a long way to helping us deliver positive, open and honest journalism for this community.

Please consider supporting South Grey News with a modest donation and let us know that our efforts are appreciated. Thank you.


Subscribe for FREE to get the latest local news delivered to your email box.

 

South Grey News Comment Policy: 

Comments must be appropriate, respectful and related to the article. 

We reserve the right to edit, delete or not post any comment that we deem to be unsuitable. 

Updated March 12, 2020.

Your comments





The Art Map / The Food Map
Green Pages
South Grey News Subscribe
Explore Grey Highlands
The Food Map
Matt Webb ad
Flato - Edgewood Suites
Bernards Ad July 31
Durham RBC - Kimberly Tone
Grey Bruce Animal Shelter
Submit your stories 2019
Eugenia History Book
Eugenia Community Hub question
SouthGrey.ca events
Shop Local
Forests Ontario
In Grey Highlands This Week