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Canadians Believe Texting and Driving is Getting Worse

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According to a survey conducted last month by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), 83% of Canadians said they believe texting while driving is getting worse, CTV News reports. The respondents said that texting while driving is a bigger problem now than it was three years ago, despite extensive public education efforts and police crackdowns.

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An overwhelming 96% of survey respondents said drivers who text and drive are a threat to their safety on the road and that texting and driving is now the top road safety concern among Canadians, alongside drunk driving. The authority has said that other forms of distraction are also increasing, such as emailing while driving, drivers talking on cell phones and drivers interacting with their in-car technologies.

“Despite anti-texting and driving laws in all provinces across the country and several years of public education campaigns, Canadians still don’t seem to be getting the message,” said CAA chief strategy officer Jeff Walker.”

Studies show drivers are as much as 23 times more likely to get into a collision when they text and drive. It’s important we all put our devices down and stay focused on the road,” he said.

The survey, with over 2,000 Canadian participants, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.19%, 19 times out of 20.

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  • FragilityG4

    It’s not worth it. There’s no excuse. I wish Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving didn’t have to be enabled by the user.

  • NOHoldsBar

    The caption should read Canadians believe drivers are getting worse especially when being distracted.

  • DJRiful

    Why only Apple, you’re speaking? This article is about all mobiles, I don’t think every Android is updated to the latest OS to support DND while driving sadly. The market of Android OS version is fragmented.

  • FragilityG4

    I don’t speak of android because I don’t care about android. My comment was made because do not disturb while driving is a user enabled feature on iOS. Overall no one should text while driving including those using a subpar OS/phone in android.

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