OPP Distracted Driving Campaign

OPP Distracted Driving Campaign
The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding drivers that the Distracted Driving Campaign runs March 12 to March 18, 2018.  Officers will be out on our roadways taking a combined approach of education and focused enforcement during the campaign.

In 2017, inattentive driving was linked to more collisions on OPP-patrolled roads than speeding and alcohol/drug-related collisions combined. Driver distraction was reported as the primary cause in over 6,360 road collisions. In contrast, speed was the primary cause in approximately 4,700 crashes, while approximately 1,158 of the incidents involved a driver who consumed alcohol or drugs.

"Our collision data is compelling evidence that drivers who text, talk on their cell phone or are distracted in some other way, take a tremendous toll on the safety of those who share the road with them. Public complacency about inattentive driving can be just as dangerous as the behaviour itself. Until drivers, passengers and the general public take a firm stand against this road safety issue, these tragedies are expected to continue in large numbers on our roads.'' - J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, OPP Commissioner.


As a driver, keep your cell phone out of sight. If you need to use it, pull over at a safe location.  

  • As a passenger, speak up and voice your concerns about your safety when travelling with a distracted driver. By ignoring the problem, you are contributing to the problem.  
  • Spread the word at your school or workplace about the dangers of distracted driving.
  • Highlight the dangers of distracted driving on social media.
  • Be a voice in your community.