#StopTextingYGK - Texting/Talking while Driving Checkpoint Results
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on Canada’s roadways. According to the Ministry of Transportation, based on current collision trends, fatalities from distracted driving have exceeded those from drinking and driving.
One of the biggest causes of distracted driving is cellphone usage. It is by far the most alarming distraction because sending or receiving text messages or phone calls requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. At highway speeds, a simple text message is like driving with your eyes closed for the entire length of a football field.
On June 5th, 2015, representatives from Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community (KPSC) stood at the corner of two intersections, Bath and Sir John A. Macdonald and the corner of Highway 2 and Fort Henry Drive, for an hour at each location, in order to conduct their annual texting and driving study. They were identifying drivers who were using hand held cellphones to either text or talk. The study was conducted as part of the not-for-profit’s public awareness campaign, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation’s annual Road Safety Challenge. During the two hour period, 4,471 drivers were observed passing through the busy city intersections. 68 drivers were seen distracted by their hand held cellphones. Considering that drivers who use hand held cellphones are four times more likely to be in a collision than a driver who is focused on the road (MTO), you wonder why those people are still taking chances.
Based on these results, our Kingston Distracted Driving Law compliance rate was noted to be 98.5%, up from 97.1% observed during the same time frame in 2014! The 1.4% increase in the rate from last year is very impressive. Congratulations Kingstonians!
Let’s work together Kingston and do your part to reach our provincial goal of 100% compliance with this life saving law! Stop texting while driving and save lives today!