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Distracted driving puts all Canadians at risk

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12.10.2019

By Robyn Robertson

Constant stimulation and short attention spans have become the norm, with phone alerts providing the soundtrack in our hectic lives.

Distracted driving is, hands-down, one of the most serious issues in road safety – and it comes at a great cost.

Distraction as a contributing factor in fatal crashes has grown and, today, approximately one in four fatal crashes involves distraction. What’s concerning is that distraction-related fatalities have exceeded impaired driving fatalities in several jurisdictions in Canada. In Ontario, provincial police data show one person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every half hour.

The few precious seconds it will take you to read this sentence can be the difference which could help avoid or mitigate a collision.

Risk-taking by drivers who believe they can multi-task, and that they are safer, better drivers is based on perceptions which are fundamentally incorrect. Tasks that take a driver’s mind off the driving task, eyes off........

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