Ontario Provincial Police have charged a man they say was driving in excess of 160 kilometers per hour while watching a movie. He was charged with stunt driving and distracted driving.
Police stated that the man was pulled over around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, on Highway 401 in the Brockville area between Ottawa and Toronto. He was pulled over for excessive speeding when police realized the driver was also watching a movie while driving. He had taped an electronic device to his dashboard in a jerry-rigged in-car TV stand.
This is not the first time that police have caught a driver watching a movie while behind the wheel. In 2014, A Windsor truck driver was charged after another motorist reported that he was watching a movie while driving.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving and Speeding
Distracted driving can include anything that takes your hands off the wheel or your attention away from the task of driving. Although the driver in the above scenario may have had his hands on the wheel while he was driving, his attention was not focus on the task of driving.
According to the Canada Automobile Association, the most recent data available reveals that eight out of every 10 collisions are caused by driver distraction.
Speeding is another dangerous driving behavior that can greatly increase your chances of being involved in an auto accident. Speeding significantly extends the distance required to stop a vehicle, limits your ability to react to a dangerous or unexpected situation, and decreases your ability to handle curves in the road and other obstacles.
These types of driving behaviors lead to thousands of preventable auto accidents every year. If you or someone you love is injured because of a negligent driver, our Windsor auto accident lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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