Ontario Provincial Police are out with numbers from their Distracted Driving Campaign conducted over March Break.
Their officers laid 1,508 distracted driving charges across the province.
In West Region, which covers Waterloo Region, OPP issued 144 tickets for distracted driving.
An additional distraction-related careless driving charges were also laid against drivers nabbed dividing their attention between driving and some other activity.
So far in 2019, the OPP have laid over 2,000 distracted driving charges.
New penalties that kicked in January 1, include a fine of up to $1,000, three demerit points and a three-day licence suspension. As well, novice drivers can also face longer licence suspensions under the new laws.
#OPP laid 1,508 distracted driving charges and 51 distraction-related careless driving charges during the #MarchBreak #DistractedDriving campaign. Remember to #PutDownThePhone and #PayAttention when behind the wheel pic.twitter.com/yYNjXkiFl8— Ontario Prov Police (@OPP_News) March 20, 2019
Although the Provincial Distracted Driving Campaign wrapped up on Sunday, officers will still be out conducting enforcement. Last wk officers issued 88 tickets for Distracted Driving offences. #BeResponsible. A text or a phone call is not worth a life or a $615 ticket. pic.twitter.com/uWfupJ0Inl— Waterloo Regional Police (@WRPSToday) March 21, 2019