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2012-12-27 at 10:47

Ontarians feel safe, not all willing to give up the phone while driving: Survey

By Jeff Labine, tbnewswatch.com
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Only 66 per cent of Ontarians say they are committed to follow the province's ban on handheld devices while driving.

That number comes from the OPP's satisfaction survey, which collected the opinions of random residents from across the province. The telephone survey measured Ontarian’s opinions about the OPP’s delivery of services and how safe they felt.

While there is no regional breakdown for all of the statistics, the OPP study found that 66 per cent of Ontarians said they wouldn’t drive with a hand-held device while 24 per cent said they were ‘not likely’ to do it.

On the question of how safe Ontarians feel in their home province, more than 95 per cent of respondents said they felt ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’ in their communities as well as traveling across the highways.

The survey also showed that most were satisfied with the OPP’s visibility for marine and ATV patrols.

For questions of safety, the survey did collect data regionally and responses were broken up into four broad regions -- North, south, east and west.

On a scale from one being ‘very unsafe’ and four being ‘very safe,' the North came in at 3.25 and was noted as feeling less safe than the east region, which had an average score of 3.5.

The North, which only made up two per cent of the survey’s region representation, was also highlighted for having a higher likelihood of marine and ATV activity than the Great Toronto Area and the south region.

More information on the survey can be found on the OPP website.
 

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dynamiter says:
Am I right or wrong about distracted driving laws? Police in Ottawa walked along a traffic jam ticketing people who were talking on their cell phones while waiting for an accident to be cleared up. You will get a ticket for distracted driving if you pull over to the side of a highway and pick up your cell phone - you need to get off to a private road or parking lot.

Dont you just love a bunch of beauracrats who write these laws and the idiots ( and some officers who do that or their bosses who tell them to do that - are just that) who chose to enforce them in the most inappropriate times. ( ie pulling over QE is different than pulling over on Highway 17 outside of Thunder Bay).

I have hands free in all of my vehicles so it is not an issue for me.But sometimes I wonder if we will ever keep up with technology - next thing we will have police triangulating cell phone conversations with traffic cameras to see if you have or are using your handsfree devices and sending you a ticket.
12/27/2012 11:03:51 AM
trent says:
Cell phones have been around here since the early 90's but somehow the issue of using a phone while driving is only a recent problem. I drive a manual transmission and it's OK for me to shift, smoke a cigarette, and drink coffee while driving - but if I pull out that cell phone, it's serious business.
12/27/2012 1:42:46 PM
tsb says:
Drinking or eating while driving isn't legal anymore, it falls under distracted driving. Cell phones are only emphasized because they're the biggest culprit.
12/27/2012 9:40:19 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Serve and Collect...used to be Serve and Protect.
12/28/2012 1:23:43 PM
laurie says:
what about drivers with dogs on their laps, screaming kids in the back seat (yes it caused a woman to back into me causing $2,000 damage to my car, people brushing their teeth, women putting make up on, actually saw a driver trying to read while driving ??

The best was a woman eating and talking on the phone and she was trying to steer with her knee..

Its just not phones
12/27/2012 6:24:18 PM
jay-ded says:
Trent has it absolutely correct. Recently I was next to a vehicle (that was barely roadworthy) and noticed the driver with a cigarette in one hand, and food in the other. If the use of cell phones is banned, why is eating, smoking, etc, not banned as well? I would also like to know why certain other road rules are not often enforced - e.g. turning into the proper lane (yes, it is against the law to turn into the wrong lane)
12/27/2012 7:09:13 PM
Vanity says:
Stop dialing and texting while driving. You will kill someone
12/27/2012 11:03:33 PM
spencer's_gurl says:
actually, you can get a ticket for drinking or eating while driving....it's called "distracted" driving, so anything they feel is taking away from you concentrating on the road is a chargeable offence....eating, smoking, drinking coffee....
12/28/2012 2:28:16 AM
razor_burn says:
So the moral of the story is that 44% of Ontarians lack common sense, consideration for other people and are generally just stupid. Tell me something I don't already know. All I can say is you better not hit me or my car while your on your phone. There will be consequences.
12/28/2012 8:20:01 AM
Neebing1414 says:
66 + 44 = 110

100 - 66 = 34
12/28/2012 10:27:53 PM
razor_burn says:
Haven't you even heard of giving 110%?
1/2/2013 10:08:32 AM
Dontlistentome says:
Appears you do math while driving...the consequences of which seem quite evident.
12/30/2012 10:53:20 AM
JIMMY2 says:
The funny thing in all of this, is that when someone you love gets injured severely from a young adult talking on their cell phone, who blindedly ran a red light, this was days before the ban on cell phones, but trust me when it hits close to home, you will think twice about picking up your phone, my only question is what is sooo important that you risk your own life? I know alot of my friends say they pay attention to the road, but trust me I have seen them drive, from one side of the road to the other and back again, Its not a matter of what your using, or what your doing, I just hope when your doing it you hit yourself into a tree or a snowbank, not someone else.
12/28/2012 9:35:57 PM
fastball says:
When did we become SO busy that the 15-odd minutes it takes to drive from one side of town to another now requires food, drink and a multitude of texts and calls before we get to where we need to go? When did the automobile become the "office on wheels"? It's really sorta sad.



12/29/2012 2:25:38 PM
glass half full says:
Most newer phones have GPS. Maybe the phone suppliers could create an ap the disables a phone that is moving more than 5km for distances greater than 50 feet. Society made it untill the late eighties without a phone attached to our hip? I am sure we can all wait till it is safe to talk before we pick up the phone.

It is dangerous to text, dial or otherwise use a phone while driving. Period.

Cops charging people while parked - well the cops that are doing this are idiots. Fight the charges in court.

1/3/2013 6:20:31 PM
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