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OPP cracking down on distracted driving this long weekend

OPP say they'll be watching for distracted driving this long weekend.

As thousands take to Ontario's highways for cottage country, on the last long weekend of the summer, OPP will be out in force, cracking down on anyone talking or texting on their phones while driving.

Police say they're adding ten unmarked cars to the long weekend patrol.

But, they add, you can help make their jobs a little easier: If you're sharing a car with a distracted driver don't be afraid to speak up and tell them to keep their eyes on the road.

As a sobering statistic, police say 35 people have been killed on OPP-monitored roads this year in collisions in which a distracted driver was a factor.

Since distracted driving laws were introduced in Ontario in 2009, police have investigated 374 distracted-driving related deaths.

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