According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), distracted driving is the number one killer on our roads. For the seventh year in a row, distracted driving fatalities will likely surpass impaired driving deaths.
Statistics show that distracted driving was the cause in 12 of the 51 fatal auto collisions so far in 2015.
In 2013, 78 people died from distracted driving accidents, compared to 57 deaths from impaired driving crashes. In 2014, distracted driving accidents killed 73 people, compared to 46 deaths from impaired driving.
In an effort to stop distracted driving, the OPP runs an annual distracted driving campaign. The most recent week long campaign happened just last month. Police were cracking down on distracted drivers. The OPP wants drivers to know that distracted driving does not only involve texting or using handheld devices. It can involve changing music, reading maps, reaching back to give a snack to a child, putting on make-up, etc.
In addition to the OPP’s annual distracted driving campaigns, many cities in Ontario have launched their own distracted driving campaigns and blitzes in an effort to stop distracted driving.
In February of this year, the Toronto Police launched the campaign – That Text or Call Could End It All and issued 776 charges to drivers for using a cellphone or electronic devices while driving. Since 2011, the Toronto Police has issued over 82,000 charges to distracted driving offences.
Last June, the Kingston Police also launched its own campaign for distracted driving.
Why Drivers Continue to Drive Distracted
Though everyone knows that distracted driving is dangerous, drivers continue to do so. Even with Ontario’s anti-texting while driving law, drivers text and drive without even giving it a second thought. Why do drivers text and drive when they know it is illegal?
One of the reasons is that phones have become a part of our everyday lives. They are attached to most people wherever they go. Even when people are on vacation, they have their phones with them and can’t resist the urge to check their texts or emails.
Another reason is that drivers who text and drive don’t think they are the problem. They know the rules, but they don’t think that they can cause an accident.
Drivers need to know that if they cause distracted driving accidents, injured victims can file car accident lawsuits against them to financially recover for their damages and injuries.
In order for the problem to stop, everyone has to have the mindset that texting while driving or using their cell phones is a socially unacceptable driving behaviour.
Drivers need to put their phones away while driving, and passengers need to speak up when a driver is texting and driving.
Help After a Distracted Driving Accident in Kingston and Ottawa
If you or a loved one was injured in a distracted driving accident, call the lawyers at Bergeron Clifford. Call to schedule a FREE consultation.
- www.globalnews.com (Distracted driving deaths likely to surpass impaired driving again: OPP)
- http://www.thewhig.com (Campaign targets distracted drivers)