News Local Drivers Hit With $9,840 in Fines During OPP’s Week-Long Distracted Driving Campaign SHARE ON: Mathew Reisler, staff Friday, Mar. 22nd, 2019 A Palmer Rapids resident died in an ATV crash over the weekend (Photo credit: supplied) During the OPP’s week-long campaign, officers were kept busy throughout the province. On the first day of the campaign in Bancroft on March 11th, five charges were laid with all the drivers getting $615 fines. Over the next six days, 11 more charges were laid by the Bancroft OPP totalling $9,840 in fines. If convicted all 16 of the charged drivers would have three demerit points added to their license and get their licenses suspended for three days. Province-wide the OPP caught 1,508 with an additional 51 charges being laid for distraction-related careless driving. Over 2,000 charges have already been laid by the OPP this year in Ontario. The OPP remind you to keep roads safe by using a hands-free device or by giving your phone to a passenger.