Inattentive driving accounts for highest number of fatalities

Inattentive / distracted driving continues to be a serious public safety issue. 307 people died on Ontario Provincial Police patrolled roads in 2016. Driver inattention as a causal factor accounted for the highest number of fatalities when compared to speeding, impaired driving and lack of seat belt use.

What is inattentive driving?

Inattentive driving may be such things as adjusting a vehicle’s entertainment or GPS unit or stereo, eating and drinking, using a hand-held device, self-grooming or tending to children in the backseat.  Drivers need to remember that the true danger to public safety lies in the distraction, not the device.

The Ontario Provincial Police is working as hard as ever to reduce the number of inattentive driving-related road deaths and will continue to empower one of its most valued safety partners – members of the public – to help tackle this serious road safety issue.


Here are some helpful tips to help you focus on the road when driving:

  • Use your cell phone for emergency situations only, pulling over to make a call.
  • If you are drowsy, pull off the road and rest.
  • Limit the number of passengers, as well as the level of activity inside the car, allowing you to focus on the road.
  • Avoid eating while driving.
  • Do your multi-tasking outside the car.

Learn more

To learn more about distracted driving laws in Canada here and Ontario here.