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Big hike in distracted driving charges during Road Safety Week: Durham police

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Impaired driving charges were down, but Durham Regional police noted a marked increase in distracted driving charges during Road Safety Week.

The campaign ran from May 17 to 23 with police forces across Canada taking part.

Durham police wrote more than 700 tickets.

Despite the high volume of offences, no fatal collisions occurred and crashes with injuries were down from 138 in 2015, to just 92 this year.

Impaired driving charges were also down slightly year over year (see full stats below).

But when it comes to speeding and fiddling with your phone behind the wheel, the stats suggest drivers still aren’t getting the message.

Speeding charges jumped dramatically from 475 in 2015, to 635.

And distracted driving charges more than doubled. In 2015 just 18 charges were laid, compared to 46 in 2016.

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Courtesy: Durham Regional police
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