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Cops dial up zero-tolerance policy on distracted driving

Toronto police say a policy of “absolutely no tolerance” has resulted in more than 4,000 tickets for drivers using cellphones and other handheld devices in just three months.

Toronto police say a policy of “absolutely no tolerance” has resulted in more than 4,000 tickets for drivers using cellphones and other handheld devices in just three months.

On Feb. 1, police began issuing $155 tickets to drivers caught talking on phones, text messaging or using devices such as laptop computers, video players and MP3 players.

By April 30, they had fined 4,397 motorists in the city, with 296 of those charges relating to use of devices other than phones.

Police merely issued warnings between October, when the new law came into effect, and February, when strict enforcement began. Patrol officers now nab offending drivers by monitoring traffic from a stationary position — in a cruiser or standing at the side of the road — and watching cars approach, or by pulling over vehicles when they spot a motorist on the phone in traffic.

 
 
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