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The Truth & Consequences Of Texting While Driving
#1 road safety concern among Canadians is texting & driving
98% of adults think texting while driving is unsafe
Yet... 35% of Canadians admit to sending a text message or email while behind the wheel.
We recognize texting & driving is wrong
BUT MANY OF US STILL DO IT ANYWAY!
What's the worst that can happen?
4.6 seconds = average time texting drivers take their eyes off the road
In that length of time a car going 50 KM/H will travel 63.9 metres
That's like driving the entire length of an NHL hockey rink with your eyes closed
It takes 1.5 seconds for drivers to perceive a need to stop & move their foot to the brake pedal
Driving at 50 KM/H a car will travel at least 34.9 metres before coming to a full stop.
While sending or reading a text, you could:
Hit another vehicle
Texting drivers are 23X more likely to get into a crash
Strike a pedestrian
Hit at 50 KM/H pedrestrians have a
50% risk of severe injury
25% risk of death
Collisions aren't the only consequences
Since 2009 it is illegal in Ontario to text or use your cell phone while driving
The fine for texting and driving is $155
In court, judges can bump the fine up to $500
You could also be charged with careless driving
Fines up to $2,000
Possible jail time
6 demerit points
A careless driving charge can raise your car insurance premium by 50%
In 2012 the Ontario Provincial Police issued 15,916 distracted driving tickets
In a one week blitz the Toronto police laid 1,705 cell phone related driving charges
94% of Canadians are aware that texting while driving is illegal in their province
50% don't think the laws are enough to stop drivers from texting