Driver distraction issues

A new report highlights driver distraction issues.
Highway & Network Management / March 30, 2022 20 seconds Read
By MJ Woof
Surveys reveal that many drivers risk using cellphones at the wheel – image © courtesy of Mike Woof
A survey of drivers in Canada reveals that many are continuing to use cellphones at the wheel, despite this now being illegal. According to the survey carried out in British Columbia, 42% of drivers asked admitted using their cellphones while driving for 10% or more of journeys.

At the same time, 93% of the drivers in the survey are aware texting at the wheel is dangerous and 84% recognise that using a cellphone to make a call while driving is dangerous. Research shows that cellphone use at the wheel presents similar risks to drivers being under the influence of drink or drugs.

Crash data from British Colombia reveals that distracted driving is a factor in 25% of fatal crashes. The authorities are looking to implement further enforcement measures in a bid to reduce the casualty rate. Tackling distracted driving is seen as a key task to improving road safety.