Throughout Canada, local law enforcement are recognizing National Teen Driver Safety Week in Canada, an annual public awareness campaign working to educate young drivers about road safety. This year’s efforts focus on distracted and impaired driving.
Several recent studies conducted in both Canada and the United States highlight the need for raising awareness about these dangerous driving habits among teens.
A recent poll conducted by Parachute, an organization committed to ending preventable injuries, found that 39 per cent of Canadian teens ages 16 to 24 admit to texting and driving and 71 per cent do not believe that using a cellphone while driving is distracting.
According to a U.S. study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), distracted driving is a significant problem among teens.
The study found that 27 per cent of teen drivers reported texting while driving and two thirds reported using cellphone apps like Facebook, navigation and iTunes while driving.
Police in Windsor joined in the effort this week by handing out tickets with positive messages highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. Officers noted that there is zero tolerance for texting and driving, impaired driving, or any other type of distraction while behind the wheel.
Drivers who are convicted of texting and driving face a fine of $490 and two demerit points.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted or negligent driver, our Windsor car accident lawyers can help you fight for justice and the compensation you deserve. We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of car accident victims.
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