Angled view of an OPP cruiser.Ontario Provincial Police say distracted driving deaths are on the rise. OPP-investigated collisions involving an inattentive driver have claimed 11 lives this year, almost triple the four deaths at the same time last year.

Deaths linked to distracted driving in 2017 continue to outpace those due to speed, which accounted for nine deaths, alcohol or drugs, blamed for six deaths, and non-use of seat belts, at three fatalities, police said.

OPP officers laid more than 2,400 distraction-related charges during their annual distracted driving campaign, which ran March 13 to 19.

Police are calling on passengers to help save lives by showing zero tolerance toward drivers who text, talk on their cellphones, or engage in other distractions.

Source: The London Free Press