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If you haven’t already heard, Toronto Police Services launched a campaign this week targeting distracted drivers. The safety campaign, “That Text or Call Could End it All“, runs until Sunday, February 21, 2016. Distracted drivers post a safety risk to themselves and other road users. Both unmarked cars and marked police cars will be used during this campaign. The safety campaign aims to highlight all of the dangers associated with drivers who talk, dial, send text messages, and type emails using hand-held communication and entertainment devices while driving.
It is noteworthy that since 2011 the Toronto Police Service has laid over 95,000 charges for offences related to distracted driving.
Driving distractions are activities or anything that take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel or, your mind off the task of driving.
According to the Ministry of Transportation, distracted driving means:
Distracted driving is dangerous and affects all road users. Consider these statistics (source: http://distracteddriving.caa.ca/education/index.php):
With respect to specific distractions, CAA’s Distracted Driving website provides the following statistics in terms of likeliness of being involved in an accident while engaged in one of the following activities:
Here are some recommendations to help you avoid distracted driving:
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident, whether you were a pedestrian, cyclist, or driver, you should contact a lawyer to find out what types of compensation you may be entitled to. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates have helped many clients who have been victims of car accidents. Contact our office for a free, no obligation initial consultation. Our lawyers are available to assist you in person, by telephone or via Skype.
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