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Distracted driving deaths on track to double impaired driving fatalities: OPP

Distracted driving deaths on track to double impaired driving fatalities: OPP

The number of deaths resulting from distracted driving on Ontario roads has doubled the number resulting from drunk driving so far this year, Ontario Provincial Police say.

In a statement, OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair said passengers also need to be vigilant when riding in a vehicle.

The Ontario Provincial Police are preparing to launch their 'Distracted Driving Campaign ' over the Labour Day weekend.

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All of these can endanger lives, but texting while driving is especially risky because it combines all three types of distractions.

While both of these driving behaviours are equally threatening to the safety of road users, this latest data has the OPP calling for a heightened awareness of the prevalence of distracted drivers and the risks they pose on our roads. "All drivers are urged to focus on the road and arriving safely at their destination." said Staff Sergeant Laura Houliston, Commander of the North Bay OPP Detachment.

26, West Parry Sound OPP were called to the collision, following investigation, the officer determined the driver had consumed alcohol. Earlier this month, the OPP laid 41 impaired charges over a 24-hour period at RIDE checks.

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