One third of Canadians admit to texting on their cellphone while stopped at a red light, according to a new poll released by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
That is a shocking number given that 70 per cent of Canadians believe using a cellphone at a red light is unacceptable.
According to CAA, drivers can be distracted for 27 seconds after using a cellphone. Driving through an intersection takes much less time.
According to CAA National Vice-President of Public Affairs Jeff Walker, these statistics are troubling because the effects of texting linger long after a red light becomes green. He notes that it is a dangerous habit that needs to become as socially unacceptable as drunk driving. He believes motorists’ actions should change once attitudes shift.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Texting and driving is a common distraction behind the wheel, but it is not the only type of distraction that can affect drivers. Distracted driving can include:
- Reaching for an object
- Talking on the phone
- Applying makeup or engaging in other grooming activities
- Eating or drinking
- Using GPS, apps or email
According to Alberta Transportation, distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in an accident than attentive drivers. And drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
The car accident lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners are familiar with the devastation that can result from a distracted driving accident. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident involving a distracted driver, we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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