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  • Wednesday, 09 March 2016

Distracted Driving with Isaac Zisckind

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The new distracted driving laws in Ontario were put in place to ensure that drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Research shows that drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to be in a collision. What is distracted driving? It is operating a handheld device or entertainment device while driving or viewing display screens unrelated to driving. This could include cell phones GPS, iPads, smart phones and laptops. As of September 1, 2015 if convicted, you could face a fine of $400-$1000, and three demerit points applied to your driving record. If you are a novice driver, it could result in a 30 to 90 day license suspension.

You are able to use a cell phone with an earpiece, headset or Bluetooth device using voice activated dialling. You are allowed to use it to activate a hands-free function if the devices mounted and secured. You are also allowed to look at a GPS screen divided the GPS is mounted on the dashboard or windshield. You may also use a portable mediator that is plugged into the vehicle sound system but it must be activated before driving. Obviously in emergency situations a driver can use a hand-held device to call 911. Distracted driving cause more deaths in 2013 in Ontario then compared with impaired driving deaths. Distracted driving is now considered at the top killer on Ontario Roads when he comes to traffic fatalities.

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