Do Lawmakers Need to Create Harsher Penalties For Distracted Drivers?

distracted driving lawsDespite most provinces having enacted distracted driving laws in the past few years, an editorial piece is asking that law enforcement get more serious about executing these laws.

According to the Canadian Automobile Association, cellphones remain one of the top distractions for drivers. The Ontario Road Safety Annual Reports reveal that 79 fatal accidents were caused by an inattentive driver in 2009.

Although advanced communications allow us to keep in contact with loved ones more easily, it also increases the chances that a driver will be distracted while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it is not just phones that are distracting drivers; lighting cigarettes, putting on makeup and even choosing a radio station can quickly avert your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.

The Ontario Provincial Police reported in 2014 that distracted driving fatalities surpassed the number of impaired and speed related fatalities investigated by the department. Since 2010, more than 300 people have been victims of distracted drivers.

Drivers are not the only ones who are distracted though, each day pedestrians and even bicyclists can be seen on their cellphones or using other mobile devices.

We all share the road and we all share the responsibility to give it our full focus, no matter if youre walking, riding a bicycle or driving a car.

Have you or someone you love been involved in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver? At the law offices of Greg Monforton & Partners, our auto accident lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve for any losses you may have experienced from the accident.

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