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Thursday March 14th, 2013

Posted at 11:23am

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OPP are reminding the public that it is against the law to talk on a cell phone while driving after pulling over a tractor-trailer this morning.

OPP say that just before 8:30 this morning, a OPP officer pulled alongside a tractor-trailer that was travelling eastbound on the 401 Highway. The officer could see the driver talking on a cell phone. The rig was pulled over east of 40 Highway and the driver confirmed that he was speaking with a family member on his cell phone; while driving.

Afzal Chaudhary age 51 from Markham has been charged with driving with a hand-held communication device under the Highway Traffic Act.

OPP warn that cell phones and other wireless communication and entertainment devices are a significant visual and cognitive distraction for drivers, with average “eyes off the road” times that increase the risk of collision considerably. At highway speed, a driver sending a simple text message travels the length of a football field without looking at the road.

The dangers of distracted driving are real and the evidence speaks for itself: drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to be in a collision than a driver who is focused on the road.

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