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Oprah challenges motorists to go a day without using their cellphones

TORONTO, Ont. – Friday is the first national “No Phone Zone” day.

It is a day to honour those who have been killed by distracted driving and to encourage people not to talk or text while behind the wheel.

It’s part of Oprah Winfrey’s “No Phone Zone” campaign, which police have embraced even here in Toronto.

Sgt. Tim Burrows, with Toronto Traffic Services, said there have been too many cases where drivers have been involved in serious crashes while on their cells.

“[…] There are people dying on our roadways, people are injured with lifetime disabilities because of the fact that people are distracted by the use of a cellphone within a car,” he told 680News.

He said he would like to see more Torontonians join the movement.

“Try it for one day. [If] you don’t have a cellphone in the car with you, you’re not tempted to text, type or talk. Just put it away. We know it’s against the law in Ontario – but let’s do one more step and take the initiative to sign the pledge to make your car a “No Phone Zone.”

Burrows added that since February 1 Toronto police have charged over 3,000 motorists for using their phones.

If you would like to join the more than 200,000 others worldwide who have signed Oprah’s “No Phone Zone” pledge, click here.

Oprah will dedicate Friday’s episode to the “No Phone Zone” campaign.

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