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Texting Surpasses Drunk Driving as Top Safety Concern11:48 am on November 16, 2010 | Category: Cell Phones, Messaging, Mobile Devices, Regulation
Canadians now view texting behind the wheel as a bigger safety concern than drinking and driving, according to a new survey by the Canadian Automobile Association.
88% of the 6,000 people surveyed ranked texting and driving as a “very serious” threat, compared to 83% who said the same about drinking and driving.
“It signals a sea shift for people,” commented CAA spokesman, Ian Jack. “It’s part of Canadian culture now that, for almost everyone, you donâ€™t get impaired and get behind the wheel of a car. The message hasnâ€™t sunk in yet that itâ€™s a really bad idea to be looking at your wireless device while driving.”
Seven of the ten Canadian provinces have implemented legislation that prohibits texting while driving, but these laws have been ineffective in that the practice is still widespread, particularly among younger drivers.
Other leading safety concerns include talking on the phone while driving, which 65% of respondents ranked as a “very serious” threat, driving while tired (61%), aggressive driving (55%), and excessive speeding (51%).
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