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


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

The Truth & Consequences of Texting While Driving

shared by bergeronclifford on Sep 12, 2013 in Transportation


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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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