“Distracted Driving is the diversion of attention from driving, as a result of the driver focusing on a non-driving object, activity, event or person. This diversion reduces awareness, decision-making or performance leading to increased risk of driver error, near-crashes or crashes”.
Reasons Why Driving While Distracted (DWD) May Be the New DUI
- Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year.
- 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors.
- Economic losses caused by traffic collision-related health care costs and lost productivity are at least $10 billion annually.
- International research shows that 20% to 30% of all collisions involve driver distraction.
- You are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision if you text while driving and 4 times more likely if you talk on a cell phone (hand-held or hands-free) while driving.
- You may be breaking the law. All provinces in Canada, plus the Yukon and Northwest Territories now have bans in place on using cellphones or hand-held electronic devices while driving. Depending on the legislation, penalties can include hefty fines and, in many cases, demerit points.
- A distracted driver may fail to see up to 50% of the available information in the driving environment. You may look but not actually “see” what is happening.
There’s enough evidence to show that we need to put away our distractions and focus on the task at hand.
For the safety of those around you and yourself, please don’t drive distracted.
Dedicated to service,
The Slave Lake Registries Team