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The Ontario Provincial Police have launched a distracted driving campaign until March 20, 2015 and will be looking not only for drivers who are impaired and displaying dangerous behaviours, but are distracted by their mobile devices and anything else that takes their focus away from the road. According to the OPP, this year is going to be the 7th year in a row where distracted driving is causing more fatal collisions than impaired driving.
Toronto Police have also launched a safety blitz for pedestrians in time for March Break, taking place from March 16 to March 22, 2015. Toronto Police state that 71% of traffic fatalities this year involved pedestrians.
In Cornwall, Ontario, police are considering the impact of “distracted” pedestrians. While it is not illegal to walk and text, Cornwall Police want to warn pedestrians of the danger of using mobile devices while crossing the street. The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario disclosed that in 2010, an estimated 20% of pedestrian fatalities may have been influenced by some form of distraction (i.e. MP3 player or mobile device) at the time of the collision.
If you have been involve in a car accident, and were injured, or were injured as a pedestrian, you should contact a lawyer to learn about your rights and the types of compensation you are entitled to. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates offer you a free initial consultation and do not charge upfront legal fees. We only get paid when your case settles.
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