Legislation, enforcement and education are absolutely necessary because common sense, sadly, isn't all that common when it comes to distracted driving.
As a result of the dash cam video, the driver was subsequently charged with driving while using a hand held communication device.
A camera mounted on the dash of a vehicle shot the jolting video. The 'dash cam' offers a clear view of the highway in front of a man and his wife as they enjoy a leisurely drive near Kenora, Air Max 90 Ultra Essential Safari
Fortunately, this story had a happy ending but as Vessey correctly points out, that's not always the case in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
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that stems from a highway collision in Northern Ontario a few weeks ago puts faces to the minister's words. It probably should be required viewing for all motorists tempted to use their cellphones while driving.
The couple's vehicle was smashed and so was the dash cam, but the memory card was intact. When they posted the crash on Facebook, a friend noted the driver had his hand up to his ear at the time of the collision. A still photo captured from the video clearly shows the driver was engrossed in a conversation on his cellphone, seemingly unaware he had just run a Stop sign or that he had crossed into the path of another vehicle.
To his credit, the driver of the truck took full responsibility. CTV quoted the couple as saying the man Nike Air Max Black And Gold told them he forgot he was pulling a trailer and was trying to accelerate around the oncoming vehicle. Police charged him with failing to yield to traffic.
It's not the end of the world, says Transportation Minister Robert Vessey, if you have to wait a few seconds to pull over while driving and take a call on your cellphone.
Enforcement and education should encourage motorists to concentrate solely on their driving when they get behind the wheel. And if they become more popular, dash cams may also play a role in making drivers think twice before talking or texting on a hand held cellphone. It could also capture on video other puzzling habits of distracted drivers, such as juggling a coffee and a bagel, applying lipstick or tying a tie, to name a few.
the No. 1 killer on roads in that province. Seventy eight people died in distracted driving related collisions in 2013 compared with 57 impaired driving deaths and 44 speed related deaths, the Globe story says.
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In Ontario, legislation has been introduced to raise the minimum fine for distracted driving to $1,000 and, for the first time, to deduct three demerit points. They have good reason. The Globe and Mail quotes Ontario Provincial Police as saying distracted driving has become Nike Air Max Command Blue
But not waiting could mean the end of the world for someone you love, he says.
'Dash cam' video shows stark reality of distracted driving
Another advocate, Amanda Dean from the Insurance Board of Atlantic Canada, noted the delay in a distracted driver's reaction time equates to that of a driver with a blood alcohol level of .08. Even more sobering, she said drivers who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.
That's why he and a team of safe driving advocates will be traveling across the province to raise awareness about the dangers of using cellphones while driving. The campaign is called Leave the Phone Alone and last year, it saw 4,500 students sign an online pledge promising not to use a mobile device when they get behind the wheel.
Knowing your cellphone conversation may be captured on video would be one more reason for all drivers to use more common sense when they get behind the wheel.
These campaigns certainly help educate Islanders about the dangers of distracted driving, and enforcement also helps drive the message home.
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