Will an increase in distracted driving fines help eliminate accidents ? Our Ottawa injury lawyers hope so.
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..Last year far too many people were killed directly as a result of distracted driving. Did you know that distracted driving has now become one of the main causes of accidents? As handheld devices become more and more popular, distracted driving is on the rise. The Ontario government is concerned and wants to do something about. Despite more education surrounding the dangers of distracted driving, accidents continue to occur. In response, fines for distracted driving are set to nearly double on March 18, 2014.
The decision to increase the fine for driving while using a hand-held device such as a cellphone, smartphone or MP3 player to $280 from $155 starting March 18 was delivered by a chief justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.
According to CAA statistics, the Canadian Automobile Association states that cell phone use is the worst offender when it comes to causes of car accidents. Specifically texting, as the act of texting causes you to be 23 times more likely that you’ll cause an accident. These statistics are even higher that impaired driving.
The Ontario Provincial Police issued 19,000 tickets in the Ottawa region last year for distracted driving and this is raising concern about the fate of motorists on roadways. In the Ottawa area 78 people died as a result of distracted driving last year. How tragic ! These deaths were avoidable !
As Ottawa personal injury lawyers , we read accident reports daily and often times distracted driving plays a role. Sadly, this is not uncommon. It’s everyone’s job to respect their lives and the lives of others and put your phone away while driving. If it’s an urgent matter and you need to read or send a text, then pull over to a safe place and do what you need to do. As parents, we also need to stress the dangers of distracted driving with our children and new drivers. Lead by example and discuss with your children the dangers and realities of distracted driving. As a society, we all need to be a part of the solution and help eliminate distracted driving. Do your part and save lives.
For more information on safety and laws in Ontario, please visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca . Since 1999, David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer dedicated to safety and helping people in eastern Ontario. Throughout the years David has built an incredible personal injury team who share a common interest in helping people who have been injured. David Hollingsworth and the team work closely with clients and clients’ families to help rebuild lives following an accident in Ontario. Email us at [email protected] with any legal or safety question you may have and we would be happy to answer.
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