Peel police laid 75 charges in a week-long distracted driving crackdown that ended April 30, 2018. – Twitter/Peel Regional Police

A weeklong crackdown on distracted driving on Brampton and Mississauga roads resulted in 75 charges laid.

Peel police conducted the blitz the last week of April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The campaign ended April 30.

In addition to the 75 charges, police issued six warnings.

Just last month, the OPP revealed there had been more than 80 deaths on OPP-patrolled roads so far in 2018, and more than 700 had died “at the hands of inattentive drivers” since 2009 when the distracted driving law was introduced.

In March, the OPP announced that, for the fifth year in a row, distracted driving-related deaths have surpassed speed-related fatalities on the roads they patrol.

The penalty for distracted driving is a $490 ticket and three demerit points.

Police encourage residents to use the Road Watch program to report dangerous or aggressive driving on local roads. More information on the program is available at www.peelpolice.ca

Source: Brampton Guardian