According to a new report from the Times Colonist, red light texting is still a problem in Canada. Approximately 33 percent of Canadians who took a survey conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association admitted to texting while stopped at a red light.
People still aren’t getting the message, even though the penalties for distracted driving in Canada has increased over the past two years. CAA’s VP of Public Affairs Jeff Walker said that the numbers of people who willingly admit to distracted driving are troubling. In a statement, Walker said:
“It’s socially unacceptable to drive drunk, and that’s where we need to get with texting. Attitudes are beginning to shift, but our actions need to follow.”
However, the survey also revealed that about 70 percent of Canadians believe that red light texting is unacceptable behavior. The CAA surveyed a total of 2,012 Canadians.