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Report: Over The Past Week 36% of Canadians Used Their Smartphone While Driving

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A new report from Telus has found that 36 percent of Canadians have used their smartphone illegally while driving within the past week.

Of all the people who took part in the survey, 49 percent said they felt obligated to answer a phone call or a text message while driving. Only two of every five Canadian drivers will make it through their entire commute without looking at their phone or responding to a call or message.

Even though a large number of Canadians are guilty of using their smartphone while driving, 70 percent of them believe that this behaviour is unsafe. In order to reduce the number of distracted Canadian drivers, Telus recommends putting your phone on silent and in a location that you can’t see it. If you need to answer a call or message, safely pull over and put your car in park before responding. Finally, if you are a passenger in a vehicle where the driver is using their smartphone while driving, speak up.

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The Ontario Provincial Police said that distracted driving is now responsible for more fatalities than speeding and impaired driving combined. Telus’ senior vice president of consumer marketing Brent Johnston said:

“Distracted driving laws exist to protect all Canadians and while mobile devices have changed our lives for the better, we must recognize and respect that driving requires 100 per cent of our focus. As a leading national wireless carrier, TELUS has a responsibility to address distracted driving head-on by educating Canadian drivers to make smart and safe decisions and encouraging passengers to speak up. Our ‘Thumbs Up. Phones Down.’ campaign will do just that by creating a social movement that promotes and celebrates safe driving.”

Today marks the start of National Safe Driving Week, which runs until December 7, and Telus is promoting their “Thumbs Up. Phones Down.” campaign to increase awareness of distracted driving.

[via Telus]

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  • winnertakesteve

    I wonder where hands free through car speakers fits into this.

  • Eric

    When will Car iOS be working…

  • Chrome262

    don’t people use hands free for at least calls. and new cars like the Mini or whatever have a basic hands free, so with siri and other things you really don’t need to look at your device. I see no mention of hands free use. I mean technically you could be using the navigation on your phone for turn by turn, and quick look at the map.

  • Chuck Norris

    I approve.

  • Parksy

    “Used” is a pretty ambiguous term. My car is integrated with my phone and I can operate it using nothing more than my voice. This includes everything from making a phone call, responding to a text message or listening to music via USB or Bluetooth. I’ve “used” my phone many times while driving, but my hands never touch it.

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