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OPP stops 25 distracted drivers during one-day blitz in eastern Ontario

OPP cruiser file image (CTV News/Mike Arsalides) OPP cruiser file image (CTV News/Mike Arsalides)

Ontario Provincial Police hung up on 25 drivers caught using a handheld device while driving on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario.

Officers with the OPP Lennox and Addington Detachment conducted a one-day cellphone and seatbelt enforcement blitz on Hwy. 401 Friday.

Officers issued 25 tickets for using a cellphone while behind the wheel.

The fine for using a hand-held device while behind the wheel is $615, plus three demerit points.

"The OPP would like to remind all drivers that using a hand-held communication device while driving is distracted driving and can have tragic results," police said in a statement. "Drivers are encouraged to use hands-free devices only for the safety of themselves and other road users."

Officers also issued two tickets to drivers for failing to ensure a child was wearing a seatbelt.

Ontario Provincial Police shared an image of social media of two children lying down in the backseat of a vehicle with no seatbelts on. Top Stories


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