Distracted Driving Blitz Underway

Chatham-Kent police will be targeting distracted driving this week, to coincide with the increase in fines.

Sergeant Mike Domony is in charge of the traffic unit. He says the dangers can’t be overstated.

“When you’re learning to drive, there’s so much going on you couldn’t think to pick up your phone, but once you’ve been driving for a decade you think it’s so easy you can do more,” says Domony. “You can’t. Statistics have shown drivers who are using cell phones are just as dangerous as drivers who are impaired.”

The set fine for distracted driving increased to $280 Tuesday and proposed legislation would increase fines up to $1,000 and three demerit points.