How time flies! Ten years ago, our kids were sitting in booster seats and today some of them are already behind the wheel. We’re kicking off the fall season this year by uploading a video to our YouTube channel that features them as they were then (talking about the major driving issue du jour…i.e. booster seats) and today, sitting in the driver’s seat.
In addition to making us all feel our age a bit at how fast time flies by, we thought it’d be a great reminder for motorists to get rid of distractions and slow down. And if a video of our kids – now young adults themselves – aren’t enough of a draw to drive safely, maybe the law will be. As we blogged about recently, changes to Ontario’s road safety regulations are now in effect. If you can’t put the cellphone down while driving than be prepared to pay a $490 fine, as well as incur three demerit points, if caught.
Drivers who engage in distracted driving – whether that’s texting, talking, reading, applying makeup, etc. – are more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash compared to non-distracted drivers. The stats are pretty scary: motorists applying makeup are three times more likely, as are those who try to read while driving. Meanwhile, drivers who talk on their phones are four to five times more likely to be involved in a crash. Texting drivers take the cake: they are 23 times more likely to be in a crash or near-crash than their non-distracted counterparts.
It’s worth bearing in mind that pedestrian injury remains one of the leading causes of injury-related death among Canadian children. Let’s keep our communities safe and “leave the phone alone” – as well as minimize all other distractions – while driving.