The problem of texting at the wheel was getting worse, believe the Canadians

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96 % of respondents said that motorists who send text messages while driving are a threat to the safety on the roads.

A survey indicates that most Canadians believe that the problem of texting at the wheel was getting worse in spite of the police surveillance and the many awareness-raising campaigns.

 

In the survey conducted in November by the canadian automobile Association (CAA), 83 % of respondents said they believe that texting and driving is a more serious problem than three years ago.

 

According to the survey, 96 % of respondents said that motorists who send text messages while driving are a threat to the safety on the roads and that this is a concern as great as driving while intoxicated.

 

CAA also says that other forms of distraction are of increasing concern to the respondents : the sending of emails while driving, motorists who talk on the cell phone and those who speak or interact with built-in technologies to vehicles.

 

The non-probability survey was conducted from 2003 to Canadians.

 

“In spite of laws against texting at the wheel adopted by all provinces and awareness-raising campaigns spread over a number of years, the drivers do seem to always not understand the message,” said the manager, strategic principal of CAA, by way of a press release.

 

“Studies show that a person who sends a text message at the wheel is 23 times more likely to have a collision, he added. We all need to absolutely drop off our devices and focus on the road. “

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