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Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off your primary task: driving safely. Any non-driving activity you engage while driving increases your risk of crashing.
You are a distracted driver if you do any of the following things:
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In Ontario, the distracted driving law makes it illegal for drivers to:
There are 3 types of distraction:
In 2015, Halton Regional Police Services laid a total of 4,170 distracted driving charges. That number was down from 5,557 charges laid in 2014.
The majority of the charges were laid in Burlington (51%), with the remaining charges equally distributed in Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.
Men accounted for 59% of those charged and women 41%. The median age for those charged was 40 years of age for men and 37 years of age for women.
Using mobile technology has become part of our culture. We send and receive texts during meetings and meals, while walking, at movies or cultural events and while driving.
Research suggests that people:
Although we know that texting and driving is illegal and can have serious negative consequences, it has become a normal part of driving. However texting involves all three types of distraction – manual, visual and cognitive. This makes texting the most dangerous type of distracted driving.
There are a few simple things that you can do to stop texting and driving.
The risks of a fatal accident increase with every teenage passenger in the car. Help them develop a lifetime of good driving habits.
Distracted driving kills and is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year. The friends, family and neighbours of the thousands of people killed each year in distracted driving crashes will tell you it is a very serious safety problem.
Some people still don't know how dangerous distracted driving is. Others know about the risks of texting and talking while driving, but still choose to do so anyway. They make the mistake of thinking the statistics don't apply to them or that they can defy the odds.
Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk for distracted driving. However, data suggests the men and women in their late 30’s to early 40’s are those most frequently charged with distracted driving.
No. Texting is the most alarming distraction because it involves manual, visual and cognitive distraction simultaneously. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 80 km/h, that's like driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded. It's extraordinarily dangerous.
Research shows that drivers having a hands-free phone conversation miss the important visual and audio cues that would ordinarily help you avoid a crash. While it may be less distracting than texting and driving, using a hands-free device to talk on the phone is still distracting you from driving.
In case you still need a reason not to drive distracted, take a look at these powerful videos.
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Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .