MONTREAL, June 9, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Two of the world's best drivers
joined hands with CAA-Québec and the Canadian Automobile Association
(CAA) today to demonstrate that texting while driving is dangerous for
Michael Schumacher of Team Mercedes Benz and Felipe Massa of Team
Ferrari climbed into a CAA-Québec driving simulator to show, in a safe
environment, that even for the world's best drivers, texting while
driving can be tricky and unsafe.
"Although it may seem obvious to say that texting while driving is
dangerous, far too many drivers are ready to run the very potent risk
of causing an accident. According to studies on the subject, it seems
that the risk of being implicated in a serious or fatal accident is 23
times likelier for drivers using test messaging while driving", Mr.
Yvon Lapointe, Director of Traffic Safety for CAA-Québec, reminds us.
According to a CAA poll, texting while driving is the number one road
safety concern of Quebecers and Canadians. CAA and its clubs want all
Canadians to understand the danger and to put their cell phones aside
when they drive.
"Our research shows this has become a huge concern, and it's easy to see
why," said Tim Shearman, CAA President. "Texting while driving is an
all-too-common habit, but we know it can kill."
The demonstration took place at La Ronde, a CAA-Québec partner, where CAA-Québec members and the media could
also see for themselves the dangers while driving in a safe atmosphere,
by trying to text while driving a go-kart.
The event marked the Canadian launch of the FIA Action for Road Safety,
an international effort to cut worldwide road casualties in half by
2020. The Féderation internationale de l'automobile was a sponsor of the initiative, and was on hand to support the
demonstration. Michael Schumacher is the FIA's official Road Safety
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges
to its 1.1 million members. It is also very active in the area of road
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is a federation of nine clubs
providing more than 5.6 million members with exceptional emergency
roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member
savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on
issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the
environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.
For further information:
CAA, Manager of Public Affairs
Public Relations Officer CAA-Quebec
514-861-7111 ext. 3210