Canada: 237 Manitoba drivers hit with suspensions for distracted driving since new law went into effect November 1

Three-day driving suspensions have been handed out to 237 Manitoba drivers since the province’s new distracted driving laws came into effect Nov. 1, according to stats compiled by Manitoba Public Insurance.

The Winnipeg Police Service issued 149 driver suspensions, while the RCMP and Brandon Police Service reported that 67 and 21 drivers, respectively, were charged for using hand-operated electronic devices while driving.

“Distracted driving remains a very serious road safety issue in Manitoba,” said Satvir Jatana, vice-president responsible for communications, Manitoba Public Insurance, in a release on Wednesday. “In 2017 alone, distracted driving was a contributing factor in more than 15,000 collisions, while 30 Manitobans lost their lives in distracted-related motor vehicle collisions.