Orillia, Ontario – Upcoming spring weather means busier roads and more dry pavement, and motorists often “let down their guard” about safe driving, warns the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The police offer some tips to remember every time you get behind the wheel:

– Stow electronic gadgets and pay attention to the road. The OPP is noticing an increase in the number of motorists who are contravening the law regarding the use of handheld electronic devices while driving. Distracted driving is emerging as a major factor in motor vehicle collisions.

-Buckle up. All Ontario drivers and passengers must wear a seatbelt in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner, and children must be secured in properly-installed child restraints. Being ejected from a vehicle drastically decreases your chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision.

– Obey the speed limit. Speed continues to be a major cause of motor vehicle fatalities in Ontario.

– Slow down and move over for emergency vehicles. When passing an emergency vehicle that is stopped and with its emergency lights activated and in the same direction of travel, slow down and pass with caution. If the road has two or more lanes, the law states that you must move over into another lane if it can be done safely.

– Don’t drink and drive. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) registers between .05 and .08 mgs of alcohol on a roadside screening device, you will lose your license for three days for a first occurrence. Drivers with a BAC over .08, or those who refuse to provide a breath sample, will have their licenses suspended immediately for 90 days, will have the vehicles impounded for seven days, and face charges for drinking and driving.

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