Inat­ten­tive drivers cause more col­li­sions than im­paired and speed­ing drivers com­bined

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS -

Inat­ten­tive driv­ing is linked to more col­li­sions on On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice (OPP) pa­trolled roads so far this year than speed­ing and al­co­hol/ drug-re­lated col­li­sions com­bined, a news re­lease from the OPP, Aug. 30, said.

Since Jan­uary 1, driver dis­trac­tion has been re­ported as the pri­mary cause in 6,360 road col­li­sions. In con­trast, speed was the pri­mary cause in 4,700 crashes, while 1,158 of the in­ci­dents in­volved a driver who con­sumed al­co­hol or drugs.

A to­tal of 47 peo­ple have died so far this year be­cause of an inat­ten­tive driver, up from 39 such deaths this time last year.

“Our col­li­sion data is com­pelling ev­i­dence that drivers who text, talk on their cell phone or are dis­tracted in some other way, take a tremen­dous toll on the safety of those who share the road with them,” J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, OPP com­mis­sioner, said.

With chil­dren and other stu­dents tak­ing to the streets and be­ing bussed to school be­gin­ning next week, the need for mo­torists to pay full at­ten­tion to driv­ing – and for oth­ers to take a firm stand against drivers who are not – has never been greater, the news re­lease said.

“Pub­lic com­pla­cency about inat­ten­tive driv­ing can be just as dan­ger­ous as the be­hav­iour it­self. Un­til drivers, pas­sen­gers and the gen­eral pub­lic take a firm stand against this road safety is­sue, these tragedies are ex­pected to con­tinue in large num­bers on our roads,” Hawkes said.

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