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Eight out of 10 Canadian motorists are distracted while driving

According to a new survey released by Kanetix, an online quote comparison website for insurances, 80% of all Canadian drivers have bad habits behind the wheels. The results showed that texting while driving, a habit criticized by many these days, may not be that popular after all. 
Out of the 1,344 people surveyed, eating was ranked [...]

New Brunswick last province to ban texting while driving

Since Alberta adopted its new distracted driving law, New Brunswick was the last Canadian province where texting while driving was allowed.  That will change soon.
Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors announced last week that the Conservative government will amend the Motor Vehicle Act in order to fight driving distractions such as texting while driving.
Under the proposed [...]

British Columbia hands out 20,000 tickets for texting while driving

British Columbia’s texting while driving ban started in 2010 and so far, the numbers are quite surprising.  According to Solicitor-General Mike de Jong, someone in B.C. is getting a citation for talking on the phone or texting while driving every 15 minutes since February 1. 
In the first 6 months following the new Motor Vehicle Act [...]

Canadians are distracted drivers

Canadians may perceive distracted driving as wrong, but it doesn’t stop them from doing it.  According to a new poll, while a vast majority thinks driving while being distracted is unacceptable, nearly 3 Canadian drivers out of 4 admit to driving distracted. 
For the purpose of the survey conducted for Allstate Canada by Leger Marketing, distracted [...]

Calgary judge sends message against texting while driving

A distracted driving bill is scheduled to be studied this fall in Alberta, but in the meantime, a Calgary judge found a way to punish a young man for texting while driving. 
Provincial court Judge Les Grieve lectured handed the 21-year-old man the maximum $2,000 fine for careless driving under the current Traffic Safety Act.   On [...]

New Brunswick elections brings up texting while driving ban

New Brunswick is one of the last two provinces with Alberta not to have put a ban on texting while driving.  That may change after the upcoming elections on September 27.
Current Prime Minister Shawn Graham of the New Brunswick Liberal Party promised last week that a liberal government would ban the use of cell phones [...]

Manitoba issues 22K$ in fines for texting while driving in one day

On the first day of enforcing the new Highway Traffic Act, which prohibits motorists from talking on a hand-held cellphone, texting while driving and smoking with a child under the age of 16 in a car, police officers had issued more than 100 tickets, which should translate in 21,778.20$ in fines.
Of the 109 tickets issued [...]

British Columbia issues 20 tickets in 3 months for texting while driving

 British Columbia’s texting while driving ban took effect on January 1, 2010.  And so far, law enforcement officers seem to think that the texting ban is tough to enforce.
The Comox Valley RCMP has issued about 20 tickets and much more warnings for talking or texting on a cell phone while driving, but as pointed out [...]

Alberta takes first step towards banning texting while driving

“The government of Alberta will present next fall what it calls “the most comprehensive distracted drivig legislation in Canada”, which would among other things make texting while driving illegal.
In the Traffic Safety (Distracted Driving) Amendment Act, drivers who engage in any of the activities identified as distracted driving would face a fine of $172.  Cops [...]

Texting driver caused city landscaper’s death

A report from Alberta’s Workplace Health and Safety confirms the death of Sefatullah Khanzadeh, a young landscaper working for the city of Edmonton, was caused by a distracted driver who never seemed to realize she had hit him.
The landscaper was working on a clear and sunny day on July 24 when a Honda Civic crashed [...]


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