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2014-03-04 at 13:39

Distracted driving now No. 1 cause of highway fatalities

By tbnewswatch.com

Distracted driving is now the No. 1 cause of fatal highway crashes in this province.

That’s according to new traffic statistics released by the OPP, which highlight that distracted driving is now leading to more highway fatalities than impaired driving.

According to those same statistics,  the story isn’t any different in Thunder Bay.

“For 2013, in the Northwest division (of Ontario), four fatal collisions were investigated in which distracted driving was a factor,” OPP Sgt. Shelley Gar said during an interview with CKPR Radio Tuesday.

She added that impaired driving was the main factor in two fatal crashes in that same year, while speed played the primary role in one other fatal crash.

Garr said last year distracted driving led to 670 collisions in the Northwest, while impaired driving led to 79.

(CKPR Radio)

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glass half full says:
How many " POLICE" cars are involved in accidents that involve them talking or texting?

If it is dangerous for the general public to text or drive why are the POLICE still doing it?

I would bet the POLICE related accidents are NOT investigated.

Police preaching a double standard.

3/5/2014 12:33:46 PM
bacon says:
I think there needs to be suspensions for distracted driving, especially those who text while driving. There is no way someone can safely drive and text at the same time.
3/5/2014 9:22:59 AM
unknowncronik says:
everyone listen to what the stats are....if its printed on here its gotta b true?? right?

keep believin EVERYTHING u hear....

youll get far!
3/5/2014 4:01:46 AM
Glyder says:
So, your saying distracted driving ISN'T a problem? Regardless of the stats, everyone on here at one time or another, while driving, has seen another driver talking on their cell, texting, having a dog/cat on their lap etc.

Yeah, real safe.

It doesn't matter what is posted on this site, you always have a differing opinion. Why would you even disagree with this?
3/5/2014 12:23:15 PM
JubJub says:
No fines, the police should be allowed to destroy the device roadside, film the drivers face while they do it and post to youtube.
3/4/2014 9:31:34 PM
Magrat says:
I can't stand this tech age, I miss the days of no cells or internet. With ids being stolen and this texting crap, the only ones benefiting are the billionaires that invented this bs!
3/4/2014 6:23:30 PM
Armchair Tom Brady says:
Cops should have to abide by the law too. Do they have special powers that makes it safe to talk on their cell while driving a cruiser?
3/4/2014 4:49:58 PM
conker2012 says:
They do abide by the law, but I am guessing you did not read the law or you would know that police are exempt from this law.
3/5/2014 8:02:36 AM
conker2012 says:
Read the story people, it says HIGHWAY FATALITIES. We live in Northern Ontario, either there is no cell coverage or you are distracted by the fact that your Tbaytel phone dropped a call the call once again. This really only applies to the thunder bay expressway. When was the last death on that stretch of highway? 5 years ago?
3/4/2014 4:14:47 PM
Eastender says:
Conker, check out the video, "Dramatic Crash" on this site. Doesn't look like the expressway to me. Looks like a typical NW. Ont. Highway.
So, one death in five years is acceptable? Is that what you are implying?
3/6/2014 8:49:00 AM
reese says:
Most hand held devices have a GPS make it so they do not work in motion
Most newer vehicles also have speed limiters along with GPS make the settings madnatory for all not just commercial vehicles
3/4/2014 4:01:41 PM
DustBunny says:
That would apply to passengers as well.
3/5/2014 9:48:48 AM
woofwoof says:
Hey Duncan what is your rush? You are going to get there eventually. So you get there a minute late. Speed Kills
3/4/2014 3:53:01 PM
Goodnice says:
He is a troll, don't fall for his inflammatory posts....
3/4/2014 4:35:56 PM
mystified says:
Hit them where it hurts..in the wallet and maybe add a few demerit points to the licence holder so they get a double whammy when they go to renew their insurance.
3/4/2014 2:45:29 PM
lewie35 says:
The police have to set an example for distracted drivers.I think the fine should be the same as an impaired driver.Take their licence away for a year.They are just as dangerous as impaired drivers if not more.
3/4/2014 2:22:17 PM
S Duncan says:
Im often distracted by all the idiots on the road going too darn slow!

Get out of my way!!!
3/4/2014 2:12:01 PM
enos012 says:
Screw the fines! Do the exact same thing you would do to anyone who is impaired. These people have no respect for other people on the road!
3/4/2014 1:59:44 PM
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