Police have been warning the public about the dangers of distracted driving for years, but new statistics suggest the problem may be getting worse.
For the first time since the province introduced distracted driving laws in 2009, OPP report distracted driving has been a factor in twice as many deaths as impaired driving.
As of mid-August, OPP have investigated 38 deaths in which a distracted driver was involved, compared to 19 deaths involving an impaired driver.
The OPP is sending the public a message as officers gear up for a distracted driving campaign over the Labour Day weekend.
“Don’t be a passenger of a distracted driver. Recognize that they are endangering your life. Speak up and insist that they focus on the road and on safe driving,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair. “By not doing so, you are contributing to the problem.”
Since 2009, distracted driving was a factor in more than 600 road deaths, according to the OPP.