Distracted driving causes more deaths in Canada than impaired driving .It’s why every province and territory has laws against driving while operating a cell phone.
Believe it or not, using your phone isn’t the most dangerous activity to do while driving. Chatting with your passengers is.
It sounds weird, but according to federal data, more than half of distracted driving accidents were caused by conversations with passengers. Sometimes, it seems, we all just get way too lost in dialogue.
The next most likely distraction is your phone: texting, dialing numbers, Googling things, looking at your directions, changing a song, taking a selfie. All that only accounts for 12 percent of distracted driving accidents.
You can get fined in Canada 1,500 even if your passanger is talking to you while you drive, starting next week.
Such measures are more than necessary now, as distracted driving has claimed more lives than impaired driving in provinces like British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Starting mext week being distracted by passenger or a screen held by a passenger attracts a penalty of $1,500 and three demerit points.
It’s important to practice safe driving for your own sake and that of your fellow drivers.
Canada is cracking down on its distracted driving problem with the rollout of stricter laws that impose harsher penalties and heftier fines on guilty offenders.
It’s taking effect as of next week , and it adds serious penalties to those convicted of distracted driving.