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The Truth & Consequences of Texting While Driving

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

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The Truth & Consequences of Texting While Driving

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Close your eyes and count to 5. That's how long your attention would be off the road if you were texting and driving. Take a look at how Canadians feel about this dangerous form of distracted driving ...
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