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National survey finds more than one-third of all drivers admit to breaking distracted driving laws within the last week
Last Updated on December 23, 2014
The Globe and Mail (TORONTO, ONTARIO)
A new TELUS survey has found that 36 per cent of Canadian drivers admitted to illegally using their smartphones while driving. The survey also found that while 70 per cent of Canadian passengers are uncomfortable with drivers using their smartphone behind the wheel, nearly a quarter of them don't speak up. This National Safe Driving Week (December 1-7), TELUS is launching the "Thumbs Up. Phones Down." campaign to increase awareness of distracted driving and encourage Canadian drivers to focus on the road while they are behind the wheel.
According to the Ontario Provincial Police, distracted driving now kills more people than drunk driving and speeding combined. It is also the second-leading cause of car crashes in B.C. (ICBC). The survey, conducted by TELUS via Google Insights, provided additional data around Canadians' distracted driving behaviour: