Ontario's doctors laud provincial ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving



    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is
commending the provincial government for taking steps to help make roads safer
by banning the use of hand-held cellphones and other electronic devices while
driving.
    An OMA report, Cellular Phone Use and Driving: A Dangerous Combination,
released this past September shows that a crash is four times more likely to
occur if a cell phone has been used up to 10 minutes prior to the collision.
    "Talking on a cellphone while driving has become a habit for many who
continue to view it as a harmless practice," said Dr. Ken Arnold, President of
the OMA. "But what we know is that talking on a hand-held cellphone is in fact
very distracting and can lead to serious injury or even death. The government
and all members of the legislature should be commended for passing this
important piece of legislation that will help keep our roads safe."
    The OMA report also found that the use of a cellphone while driving leads
to dangerous changes in drivers' behaviour. Among these changes are:

    
    -   Change in average driving speed
    -   Slower brake reaction time
    -   Slower response times to traffic light changes
    -   Reduced visual monitoring of mirrors and instruments, with some
        drivers abandoning them entirely
    

    "We all like to think of ourselves as capable drivers, but in reality, it
is very easy for drivers of any skill level to become distracted while driving
and using a hand-held cellphone or electronic device," said Dr. Arnold. "By
focussing only on the road we can help prevent harm to everyone, including
ourselves."






For further information:

For further information: OMA Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or
toll-free at 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862; The OMA report is posted at
www.oma.org/Health/Reports/CellphonesDrivingSafetySept08.pdf


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