Do you think the legislation on texting and driving needs to change? Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers want to hear form you.

Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth on texting and driving accidents.

Believe it or not people are still texting and driving despite the fact that we all know the dangers. Statistics don’t lie.

  • Distracted drivers play a part in close to 4 million motor vehicle accidents in North America every year. (CAA Distracted Driving)
  • Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers. Driving and texting  increases your chances by  23 times to be involved in an accident or near accident . (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2010)
  • Driver distraction is a contributing factor in close to 4 million motor vehicle accidents each year in North America. (CAA Distracted Driving)

In 2012,  83 people were killed on Ontario roads in accidents where distracted driving was a  factor.  Ontario police reported, these statistics surpass drunk driving fatalities. In total, some 16,000 distracted driving charges were laid last year. In a blitz conducted by Ottawa police last year , in just a few  days alone 97 distracted drivers were caught.

Distracted driving has become a real problem.  All provinces in Canada have their own laws regarding cell phone and distracted driving and legislation in place. Cellphones are not the only  problem. GPS, music players, computer tablets, children, eating and make up application are also contributing factors to the high number of distracted driving accidents in Ontario.  In Ontario, drivers receive a $155 fine and do not lose demerit points if caught for distracting driving. Other provinces have steeper fines and you can lose demerit points.  Distracted driving has become such a problem in Ontario that the Ontario Provincial Police now conduct regular blitz throughout the year to try to combat the problem. Some wonder if there were steeper fines and a loss of demerit points if that would deter people from driving while distracted.  What do you think ? Do you think people would be less likely to drive while distracted if the consequences were more severe?

No phone call or email is worth risking your life or the lives of others. We must collectively as a community decide that we will put an end to distracted driving.  I put my phone away and have a handsfree device set up.  I urge everyone to purchase such a device.  If you can’t purchase one, then simply turn your phone off when you get into the car so you aren’t tempted to respond to any incoming calls or messages.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer I can attest that there are families all over Ottawa and our area that are suffering tremendously from an accident where someone was texting and driving.  If  this isn’t hitting home for you, give me a call and I can give you some very sad examples of how these accidents happen and how these families are feeling now. Distracted driving is a real problem and we need to solve it.  Please do not text and drive , talk and drive and drive distracted.