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25 Percent of Fatal Accidents in Canada Caused by Distracted Driving

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Drivers just aren’t getting or are choosing to ignore the message that using cell phones while driving is not only dangerous, but often times deadly.

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Cliff Lafreniere, president of Trillium Automobile Dealers Association, reports on, that “distracted driving is still the leading cause of fatalities and injuries on roads in Ontario. Canada wide, it accounts for 25 percent of all road fatalities.”

Cell phone use isn’t the only thing distracting drivers, however. Any time drivers avert their attention from the road to rifle through the glove compartment, check emails, mess with music or the infotainment system, or apply makeup, they are driving while distracted and effectively putting themselves and those around them at risk. And they’re risking serious legal consequences.

“If caught committing a distracted driving infraction, you could be charged with careless driving or dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Drivers who are caught talking on a phone, texting, dialing or emailing using a hand-held device will face fines of up to $1,000 with a three-day licence suspension and three demerit points. Drivers who have one or more distracted driving convictions face higher fines and penalties,” according to Lafreniere.

Distracted driving is a dangerous habit of many drivers, and the only way to combat its disastrous consequences is for drivers to take driving seriously.

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“All motorists need to remind themselves that operating a motor vehicle on public roadways requires their full attention at all times. The slightest distraction, however justified in a driver’s mind, could instantly lead to tragedy and alter lives forever,” warns Lafreniere.

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