Young Drivers of Canada in favour of MTO'S proposed ban

    HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - YOUNG DRIVERS of Canada supports the
Ministry of Transportation's move to propose a ban on the use of hand-held
devices to talk, text or e-mail while driving. YD believes this is a positive
step to help keep Canadians safe on our roads. As Canada's largest driver
training organization serving Canadians since 1970, we know that drivers need
to anticipate the actions of other road users and be proactive on the road
which can save your life. For Young Drivers of Canada, safety is our number
one priority.
    "Drivers need to know what is going on 360 degrees around their vehicle
at all times while driving. Dividing your attention between tasks puts you at
risk because your focus is off the road. With over 90% of collisions caused by
driver error there are too many avoidable tragedies on the road resulting in
serious injury or death where distraction is a key factor," says Young Drivers
of Canada President Peter Christianson.
    If it cannot wait and you must use your phone or text while driving your
vehicle, Young Drivers of Canada advises that you pull over safely to do so.
    Tom Furlong, Young Drivers of Canada Regional Director for Nova Scotia is
in one of the three provinces in Canada that has already banned the use of
hand-held devices. "Driving is a full time job and drivers cannot afford
distraction. Your life and those of your passengers depend on your undivided
attention to what's happening on the road and around your vehicle. We have
seen motorists here being fined for ignoring the new law."
    "No matter your driving experience, you are playing a dangerous game by
multi-tasking while on the road. A study by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC)
Foundation found that composing text messages while driving had a negative
impact on all key measures of driving performance. The reaction times of
texting drivers deteriorated by over one-third (35 per cent) and steering
control was 91 per cent worse. Not having both hands on the wheel is a huge
problem," says Young Drivers of Canada President Peter Christianson.

    Young Drivers of Canada has over 140 locations and 400 instructors across
Canada. As Canada's leading provider of driver training, we use our
proprietary Collisionfree! Approach to Driving(TM) and are committed to
reducing the number of road deaths and injuries.

For further information:

For further information: For comment on this issue or to request an
interview please contact: Suzanne Vukosavljevic, Director of Public Relations,
Young Drivers of Canada, Tel: (905) 529-5501 x229, Email:, Fax: (905) 529-5913

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