Ontario Provincial Police: Distracted Driving Now the #1 Killer on Roads

Distracted driving which can involve texting and driving or checking your smartphone has surpassed both impaired and speed related fatalities in 2013, according to Ontario Provincial Police. Last year, 78 persons died in distracted driving related accidents versus 57 impaired driving deaths and 44 speed related:

“When you consider the overall impact of these 78 fatalities last year and the 325 other distracted driving victims who have died since 2010, the number of people these irresponsible drivers have had a profound and devastating impact on is in the thousands,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

According to the CAA, those who talk on their phones are four times more likely to crash while those texting are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

The OPP reiterated distracted driving fines will reach $280 on March 18, 2014. Their Distracted Driving Campaign runs from March 8 to March 14 and is encouraging everyone to concentrate on the road. Do us all a favour and just drive when you’re in the car. Put down your iPhone, ham sandwich or bucket of KFC already.

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  • gottherightstuff

    I can’t wait for the day when autonomous cars are the standard and we can be like Back To The Future and The Fifth Element and not even worry about actually driving. I’d love to be able to nap, use my phone and maybe even party in my car on the way to my choice destination!

  • That would be pretty awesome. The technology is there, but when it will reach the masses is another story.

  • Gerry

    Just like in the movie I, Robot with Will Smith, where he sets the car in auto-drive and decides to take a nap.

  • Peter Pottinger

    About 5-10 yrs before its ubiqitous

  • dudemaster

    I would not like that at all. I love driving – for the joy of driving. I don’t even use cruise control because I hate it – even though I have the variety that uses lasers to maintain distance!

  • Jake D

    That’s ridiculous. There’s no reason people can’t resist looking at their phones and tablets while driving. The fact they don’t is reflective of how self-centred / selfish the general population has become. For my part, I have ordered 2 dash-cams, one for front, one for side, so I can begin to document and post online the distracted drivers I see each day. On average I see 3, I expect there will be more once the cameras are looking when I can’t. Perhaps some public shaming will help curb the idiocy. Personally, I don’t understand what the problem is, people (especially young people) seem to be stuck in their own little self-centred bubbles nowadays. Very sad.

  • BBBB

    Myself and a couple of my buddies are automobile wholesalers/retailers and we have been driving and talking on the phone for over 14 years easily. The three of us have never hit or drove over anyone so far. I think that some who have practiced can talk and driving proficiently without issue. Texting on the other hand requires too much attention although I have to admit on a few occasions I have dont it but I believe it is not safe to text and drive. Of course it is better to find a parking lot especially if you have to make notes.