CAA: 90% of Canadians SayTexting While Driving is Socially Unacceptable

by Istvan Fekete on February 9, 2015

The majority of Canadians agree that texting while driving is unacceptable, says the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), based on a study conducted recently. However, this doesn’t mean that everyone is behaving accordingly, the CAA highlights.

Almost a year ago, the Ontario Provincial Police declared distracted driving the “number one killer on roads”, overtaking drinking while driving. The CAA poll comes as a follow-up: 90% of Canadians say texting while driving is socially unacceptable.

Texting while driving emerged as a concern just a few years ago. However, since then many statistics have shown how dangerous distracted drivers are on the road. For example, a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found that drivers engaged in text messaging on a cellular phone are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash event than non-distracted drivers.

Also, it is worth noting here that 84% of distracted driving-related fatalities in the US were tied to the generation classification of carelessness or inattentiveness.

Texting while driving is now illegal in all provinces, but as with other road-safety issues, such as seatbelt usage and drinking and driving, laws are only part of the equation, the CAA press release highlights.

“We still need to close that gap between belief and behaviour,” says Jeff Walker, CAA vice president of public affairs. “But we are on the right track”. “The next step is to make texting and driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving,” Walker says. “CAA will continue to do our part along with other road safety advocates so Canadians actually stop doing it.”

According to the CAA study, Canadians said they have observed, on average, six people texting while driving just within the last month, which is alarming. Also, 22% of the surveyed Canadians said they had recently texted while driving, citing connecting with family, urgent personal matters, and work as the main reasons for doing so.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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