Did you know April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month? Considering Ontario distracted driving penalties are becoming harsher to stop people from using devices while driving it’s the perfect time to refresh.
Distracted driving laws in Ontario applies to the use of hand-held communication/entertainment devices and certain display screens. Not only do these laws apply when you are driving, they are also in affect when you are stuck in traffic or stopped at a red light.
Distracted driving is a national issue and, as a result, every province in Canada has some form of distracted driving legislation in place. It’s essential you understand the Ontario legislation, and outlined this for you in our blog, Clarifying Ontario’s Distracted Driving Laws.
Terrifying Distracted Driving Facts
To reinforce how dangerous distracted driving is, here are some interesting and extremely shocking facts provided by CAA.
- Checking a text for 5 seconds at 90 km/h means you’ve travelled the length of a football field blindfolded.
- Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year.
- Drivers who check their phones while driving are 8 times more likely to be in a crash.
- Estimates indicate drivers using phones look at, but fail to see, up to 50% of the information in their driving environment.
These facts were intended to discourage you from being even tempted to look at your device while driving. Don’t become part of these scary statistics. Ensure you are driving safely - keep your eyes off your phone and on the road.