A recent Canadian study suggests that teenagers are texting less while driving. The study was headed by an associate professor at the University of Regina.
The study surveyed 6,133 teens in 2012 and 4,450 teens in 2014, most of whom were in located in Ontario. In 2012, 27% of the teens stated that they sometimes or almost always text while driving. In 2014, that number fell to 6%.
The authors asked why the teens stopped texting while driving, and the top reason was that the teens believed texting while driving is dangerous and irresponsible. Other reasons for the decrease include laws and fines against texting while driving and seeing close calls or accidents caused by other drivers on the road.
Despite Ontario distracted driving laws that ban drivers from texting while driving, many drivers continue to do so. In an effort to reduce texting and driving, the Ontario government increased the fines for drivers who are caught texting while driving. In March 2014, the fine for texting while driving in Ontario was increased from $155 to $280 with no demerit points. Then in September of this year, the fine increased again to $490. In addition, drivers who are texting also receive 3 demerit points. If drivers contest their tickets and are ultimately found guilty, they may face a fine up to $1,000.
This recent study’s results may be an indication that heftier fines are deterring drivers from texting while driving. However, there are still a lot of drivers who text and drive in Ontario. We can only hope that distracted driving laws will continue to deter drivers from texting. In addition, we hope that texting while driving will soon be socially unacceptable just like drinking and driving is.
Catastrophic Injuries from Distracted Driving Accidents
Texting while driving accidents can result in catastrophic injuries, and even death, to those involved. Catastrophically injured individuals have legal rights. They may file tort claims against the distracted drivers to recover financial damages for their injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in a distracted driving accident in Kingston, Ottawa or Whitby, call the catastrophic car accident lawyers at Bergeron Clifford to schedule a FREE consultation. The lawyers at Bergeron Clifford have helped numerous car accident victims and will help you obtain the best possible financial recovery.866-384-5886
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*Source: www.saskatoonhomepage.ca (U of R Study Shows Fewer Youth Texting and Driving)