Texting and Driving Facts

Distraction-free driving makes sense. Here’s why:

  • Over 90% of Canada's licensed drivers are subject to distracted driving legislation in their home province or territory. It is illegal to use a hand-held phone to call or text.
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to cause injury.
  • Even when drivers use a hands-free phone, they are less aware of the traffic around them. They tend to react more slowly to a critical event or worse — they may not detect the danger at all.
  • Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. A study found that in 80% of collisions, the driver had looked away from the road 3 seconds prior to the crash1.

Rethink the way you drive.

 1 Reference: Dingus TA, Klauer SG, Neale VL, et al. The 100-car naturalistic driving study: Phase II - results of the 100-car field experiment. (Interim Project Report for DTNH22-00-C-07007, Task Order 6, Report No. DOT HS 810 593.) Washington DC: NHTSA; 2006. Available at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/100carmain.pdf. Accessed November 9, 2017.


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