Our region OPP headquarters is sending down the message to local drivers about distractions.

With 73 people dying as a result of distracted driving last year, OPP say only the drivers can make the necessary changes.

New legislations have increased the fine up to one thousand dollars and three demerit points for distracted driving.

Offences include adjusting the stereo, using a handheld device like a phone or GPS, eating or drinking, or even tending to a child.