Driver watching YouTube videos stopped at West Grey RIDE program

(Ontario Provincial Police file photo)

There’s an important message from the West Grey Police Service — “distracted driving is not just about cell phones.”

Officers were conducting a RIDE program early Monday morning at the intersection of Durham Road East and Garafraxa Street North.

A 60-year-old Kitchener man pulled up to the RIDE check while allegedly watching a YouTube video on his cell phone. The driver was stopped and issued an offence notice for driving while having a display screen visible to the driver.

Police warn that GPS units, smartwatches, tablets and laptops all lead to driver inattention.

On January 1, 2019, the Ontario government increased the maximum fine for distracted driving to $1,000 on a first offence and added a three-day licence suspension upon conviction of a first offence.

“Distracted driving is not only hazardous to you, it endangers your passengers and everyone on and around the roadways,” said West Grey Police Chief Robert Martin. “A driver who checks a text message for five seconds while travelling at 90 km/h is the equivalent to having driven the length of a football field while you were blindfolded. We want everyone to enjoy a safe holiday season so keep your eyes on the road and keep your mind on the task of driving.”