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Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Who depends on you to get there safe?

Did you know?
  • Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
  • Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 - 24 year olds.
  • You’re 23 times more likely to crash when texting and driving.
  • One in ten teens is involved in a traffic crash.
  • Distracted driving includes using a cell phone, reading a map, grooming yourself, eating or drinking and tending to your children and/or pets (Ministry of Transportation).
  • 17% of fatal collisions in Durham Region involved distracted driving (Durham Region Police Service, 2013).
  • Take action against distraction:
    • Plan your route, preset vehicle climate and music controls
    • Turn off your phone
    • Clear your mind and buckle up
The Highway Traffic Act was recently updated to include new legislation that will see distracted driving fines increased in Ontario to between $490 and $1000 and 3 demerit points.  Novice drivers are also subject to license suspensions. Read more...

 10 Tips to #drivetextfree

Before Driving

  • Confirm your plans
  • Check for directions
  • Turn your phone off or set to auto-reply
  • Move your phone out of sight and reach

While Driving

  • Remember who is depending on you to get there safe
  • Pull over and stop to safely call/text
  • Ask a passenger to check your messages

Be a Friend

  • Don’t text/call friends if you know they are driving
  • Let your driver know, that as a passenger, you can answer their phone
  • Speak up - tell your driver you don’t feel safe if they use their phone while driving

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