Stop texting and driving, speeding, and applying make-up while driving

By Lindsay Advocate

On Aug. 1 the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service launched a traffic enforcement campaign which targets distracted drivers.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of collisions in Ontario and the goal of this traffic initiative is to make roads safer for everyone in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Drivers who are caught driving while distracted by a handheld device can face a fine of up to $1,000, three demerit points and a three-day suspension of their driver’s license.

On the first day of the campaign alone, one member of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service stopped and charged six drivers for distracted driving. While City of Kawartha Lakes Police officers are targeting distracted drivers, they are not turning a blind eye to other driving offences.

On Aug. 1 a Kawartha Lakes Police Service officer charged a motorist with stunt driving after the motorist was caught travelling 139 km in an 80 km an hour zone. A second officer stopped and charged a woman who was driving erratically because she was applying makeup while driving on Colborne Street west in Lindsay.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service’s distracted driving campaign will take place for the entire month of August.


  1. Joe Hiddink says:

    I think this is great and long overdue. Good luck to our police service, I think they are doing a great job. People need to get the message. The constant use of cell phones is alarming. The amount of people that I see running red lights lately has become excessive especially at some of the busier intersections like Lindsay N. and Kent where so many are trying to get past the advance green north bound light and with all the construction going on around town it has become a real danger. Our roads have become a race track for many drivers to inpatient to wait and be behind people doing the posted speed anywhere there is a straight away they feel it is their personal track and won’t even let you get out of your driveway. Thank you for all your hard work I’m sure it can be very thankless.

  2. Ian says:

    Maybe they should also target people who drive with dogs on their laps….

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