CAA says new cell phone legislation steers drivers in the right direction



    THORNHILL, ON, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - CAA is encouraged by today's announcement
at Queen's Park to introduce legislation aimed at addressing driver
distraction.
    "We are happy to see that the government is taking the right steps to
keep our roads safer," says CAA Provincial Affairs Specialist Kris Barnier.
"Our members have been raising safety concerns about the use of cell phones
and other communication devices while driving for years and it looks like our
leaders are listening."
    In 2005, CAA helped gather the world's leading experts for a distracted
driving symposium, the first of its kind. We followed that up with a call to
action for every province to bring forward distracted driving legislation.
Since then, CAA has worked with MPP Kevin Flynn on a Private Members bill; it
met with the Premier's office and successive Transportation Ministers and
their staff on this issue. The CAA even ran its own campaign called "The
Glare" to get the message out that driving while distracted puts lives at
risk.
    A decided majority of CAA members believe distraction associated with
cell phones is greater than any other distraction. Research shows that the use
of electronic portable devices while driving puts people at a considerable
risk for an accident or fatality. In fact, 20 per cent of all collisions can
be attributed to driving distracted. Safety should always be the number one
priority on roadways.
    CAA reminds motorists that everyone has a duty to eliminate all
distractions while driving by changing their own behaviours. Employers can
implement policies and awareness programs in the workplace, and automobile
manufacturers can focus more effort on reducing in-car driver distractions.

    CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
insurance, travel and emergency road services. There are more than 1.8 million
CAA members in Ontario and 5 million members in Canada.





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For further information: Media Contact: Edyta Zdancewicz, Media and
Public Relations Specialist, 60 Commerce Valley Dr. East, Thornhill, Ontario,
Mobile: (416) 209-4930, ez2@caasco.ca


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