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CAA: Texting While Driving Is Going To Get Worse

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With text messaging really taking off in last few years, the use of your mobile phone while driving has become an important concern.

While many drivers talk on their device while driving, even more send text messages. In an attempt to end this behavior, many provinces and states across North America have banned the use of hand held devices while driving, inflicting heavy fines and license suspensions on those who break the law.

A recent survey of 6,000 people by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) revealed that 88% of people said text messaging while driving is a “very serious” safety threat. 83% of those polled said impaired driving is a safety threat and talking on a cell phone while driving came in at 65%.

As implied by the poll, text messaging while driving is a real concern, especially since your eyes are taken completely off the road. It is crazy to think that people do this, but you see it every day! I, too, admit to this irresponsible behavior with my iPhone while driving.

Regarding the matter, CAA spokesman Ian Jack had the following to say:

“It signals a sea shift for people. It’s part of Canadian culture now that, for almost everyone, you don’t get impaired and get behind the wheel of a car. The message hasn’t sunk in yet that it’s a really bad idea to be looking at your wireless device while driving.

We’re dealing right now with a generation of teenagers who seem to have their wireless devices stapled to their hands, 24/7. Older drivers don’t have that habit and a lot of people who are about to get their driver’s licence do have that habit of constantly texting. The problem is only going to get worse.”

Food for thought.

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  • Auto Strada

    AHHHH, my biggest pet peeve!!! People who talk/text and drive should really do us a favour and just die.

  • Anonymous

    They will… Sad part is they’ll probably take us with them.

  • Anonymous

    Texting/Emailing while driving has been proven by Car and Driver to be as bad as driving drunk!! When will people effing learn! Damn! I only use my cellphone sparingly in the car, and then only if it’s connected to the radio and I don’t actually need my phone to accept a call. And then I’ll tell the person I’m in the car, to make it quick and I’ll call them back later. I’d be all for completely abandoning any phone use whatsoever if that’ll mean that others will stop. Unfortunately, the soccer moms and business doods figure it’s more important to text & email than it is to drive and keep everyone safe. Morons.

  • Krystal Kid

    80% percent of all rear end collisions (the most frequent vehicle accident) are caused by driver distractions. I doubt if we’ll ever stop the madness so I got one of these from sparebumper.com – to reduce whiplash and protect my family.

  • I think it might get worse too since we live in a culture where business people need to ‘hit the ball over the net’. Teens consider it rude not to reply immediately to texts. Home schedules would grind to a halt without immediate communication. We are conditioned to pursue this level of efficiency but we are all supposed cease this behavior once we sit in our respective 5,000 pound pieces of steel and glass. Anyone can win an argument in a forum like this by saying “Just put the phone away” – but we can see its just not happening.

    I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and I think we need to do more than legislate.

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple app for smartphones. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER LLC
    OTTER app

  • Dave

    the other day I was on 401 lol a car was all over the place, the car started breaking to the speed of 70 km/h and was all over the lanes I told my buddy quickly please pass before we get killed by that F#$@ed up driver! guess what? we passed and there it was a women in her late 40’s texting I couldn’t believe it! so its not always the young people. many times i’ve seen women all over highway because they are putting makeup on!.

  • Dave

    texing, women putting makeup all the same crap. actually the makeup is even worse because they have the rear view mirror pointed at themselves so they don’t see nothing! they should stop both!

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