Members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Leeds County are issuing a plea for drivers to stop filming collisions.
On January 31, 2018 at about 3:30 pm, officers of the Leeds County OPP detachment were investigating a multi vehicle collision on Highway 401 westbound, west of Mallorytown during adverse weather conditions. Numerous eastbound drivers were observed by officers videotaping the collision using cell phones as they drove past.
Leeds OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Mike Francis said “I do not expect that while we are dealing with a collision that we would have other motorists risking their lives on the other side of the highway by not concentrating on the road ahead of them. Not only is it illegal but their actions could have caused another serious collision.”
He also said “While the modern day use of social media means everything is immediate, I would hate to think that a family would identify a car that would show that their loved one has been seriously injured or killed through social media.”
OPP are reminding all motorists that the minimum fine upon conviction for Distracted Driving is $490 and 3 demerit points.