Texting and driving stock photo with an iPhone.A four-day traffic safety blitz targeting distracted drivers in Whitby has resulted in 75 tickets being issued.

From August 15 to 18, 2016, officers in Central West Division targeted intersections throughout Whitby enforcing Distracted Driving laws. A total of 75 tickets were handed out for using a hand-held communication device.

In one incident, a 40-year-old female from Oshawa received two tickets after an officer pulled beside her on Taunton Road East. Both were stopped for a red light when the female looked at her phone. She then proceeded into the intersection before the light turned green while still looking at her phone. The officer immediately pulled her over and charged her with Drive – Hand Held Communications Device and Red Light – Proceed Before Green.

Officers were also alarmed by the number of drivers who were ticketed and had children on board.

DRPS reminds motorists to keep your eyes on the road. Using your cell phone while driving will result in a $490 fine and the loss of three demerit points. Do your part to keep our roadways safe.

For details about DRPS enforcement activities, contact S/Sgt. Glenn Courneyea of the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 3508.

Source: Durham Regional Police Service