Although police are cracking down on distracted driving around the province, more than one third of Canadians admit to violating distracted driving laws.
Telus conducted a study on distracted driving, and communications specialist Donna Ramirez says there is still a long way to go in educating Canadians about the dangers.
“The other thing we found was that 50% of Canadians feel this sense of obligation to address a call, a message while they’re driving. It’s almost these social pressures that are kind of driving us to behave this way even-though we know it’s wrong, and we just have to make it stop.”
“We as Canadians also need to take a good hard look at our habits and figure out what we can do to curb them. And whether it’s turn your phone on silent, pull over to the side of the road if you have to take an important call.”
Ramirez says the study also found that although 70% of passengers felt uncomfortable riding with a distracted driver, 25% of them would not voice their concerns.