Insurance Bureau of Canada: Distracted Driving is the Leading Cause of Deaths

It has been a few years already since distracted driving laws have taken into effect in Alberta, however, it appears that drivers aren’t getting the message.

According to a report from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, more Canadians are dying on the roads due to distracted driving than impaired driving. Over 80 percent of collisions are the result of inattention. In a statement, VP of the Western Region for the Insurance Bureau of Canada Bill Adams said:

“We lose more people in our country right now to collisions as a result of distracted driving than drinking and driving. Many more people are dying because of their cell phones, and that makes no sense.”

Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht said that police handed out nearly 2,500 tickets were handed out in the first quarter of 2017, which is a 60 percent increase year-over-year.

[via CTV News]