Just to be safe, Don't take the call: Ontario's doctors

TORONTO, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - In 2008, Ontario's doctors sounded the alarm on the dangers of using cell phones while driving. Today, provincial law banning the use of hand-held cell phones and other electronic devices while driving comes into effect.

"We know that talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous and Ontario's doctors commend the provincial government for taking steps to help make our roads safer," said Dr. Suzanne Strasberg, President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). "It's time drivers curb the use of cell phones and other electronic devices and focus solely on driving to prevent unnecessary crashes that cause injuries and death."

The OMA's report Cellular Phone Use: A Dangerous Combination shows that a vehicle crash is four times more likely to occur if a cell phone has been used up to 10 minutes prior to the collision.

The report also found that the use of a cell phone while driving leads to dangerous changes in drivers' behaviour including:

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

"There are many distractions for drivers including dialling, texting and tweeting. But by focussing on driving we can make our roads safer for everyone," Dr. Strasberg said.

SOURCE Ontario Medical Association

For further information: For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact: OMA Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or 1-800-268-7215 ext 2862

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