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Media Release

Release Date: February 26th, 2020 - 1:39pm

Originator: Sergeant, Milenko Cimbur, 20 Division, District Response Unit, 905-825-4747 x 2276

Contact: Sergeant, Milenko Cimbur, 20 Division, District Response Unit, 905-825-4747 x 2276

Location: Halton Region


#ItCanWaitHalton Distracted Driving Campaign

​​The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and Halton Region will soon be launching the second phase of the #ItCanWaitHalton distracted driving.

The two-week campaign, which will run from Monday, March 2, 2020 until Friday, March 13, 2020, focuses on enhanced enforcement of distracted driving legislation and education about the risks associated with distracted driving.

"Distracted driving is not only illegal, it is a choice that puts every single road user at risk – that is why we are launching a spring edition of the #ItCanWaitHalton campaign," said Roger Wilkie, Deputy Chief of District Operations. "This initiative aims to positively influence driver behaviour and reduce the use of handheld devices while driving. When you are driving, your eyes, hands, and mind should be focused solely on the task of driving."

During the campaign, residents will be reminded through social media, digital and print signage that when they are behind the wheel, everything else can wait.

"Distracted driving is a growing public safety concern in our community," said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. "This March, we are working closely with our partners in the Halton Regional Police Service by providing enhanced education to motorists through the #ItCanWaitHalton campaign. Drivers are being reminded to put away their handheld devices and stay focused on the road to help keep our community safe for everyone."

Ontario'​s distracted driving law states that while you are driving, including when stopped in traffic or at a red light, it is illegal to:

  • use a phone or other hand-held wireless communication device to text or call – you can only touch a device to call 911 in an emergency;
  • use a hand-held electronic entertainment device, such as a tablet or portable gaming console;
  • view display screens unrelated to driving, such as watching a video; and
  • program a GPS device, except by voice commands.

​The Halton Regional Police Service and Halton Region are encouraging drivers to focus on driving safely by:

  • sending text messages or making phone calls before you get in your car;
  • turning off your phone or switch notifica​​​tions to silent; and
  • reviewing your phone settings. Some phones have a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that mutes incoming calls, texts and notification​s while you drive.​

Road safety is a shared responsibility. We thank the community for doing their part to stop driving distracted and for helping ensure that every driver, pedestrian and cyc​list arrives at their destination safely.

For more tips on how to avoid distracted driving, and to engage in the conversation follow #ItCanWaitHalton over soc​ial media or visit halton.ca

Residents are reminded that they can report a distracted driver through the Halton Regional Police Service Road Watch Online reporting tool. To learn more, visit haltonpolice.ca.