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    It's almost been a year folks and the insurance companies are throwing down the gloves. If you receive a distracted driving ticket your insurance will begin treating it as if you got an impaired. Insurance rates will go up to impaired driving status and cancellations will begin to occur. Some provinces will eventually implement an automatic 3 day drivers license suspension and your vehicle will be impounded.

    Drivers convicted of distracted driving under the new laws will be punished with a licence suspension, a hefty fine and demerit points. The severity of the punishment increases with the number of subsequent offences committed:

    • First offence: 3 days suspension and $1,000 fine
    • Second offence: 7 days suspension and $2,000 fine
    • Three or more offences: 30 days suspension, $3,000 fine and six demerit points

    • Simply holding an electronic device in your hands (hand-held communication during driving is against the law)
    • Using a cellular phone to talk, text, check maps or switch playlists
    • Eating (there may not be a licence suspension, but the RCMP warn you could be fined or given six demerits depending on the food)
    • Reading books or documents
    • Typing a destination into the GPS

    """"""""Many Insurance companies are now starting to look at distracted driving charges as a major conviction. This can dramatically increase your insurance rates and affect your qualification with certain insurance companies. Insurance Companies are even taking into consideration those who received a distracted driving conviction prior to January 1, 2019 and will be rating their insurance policies according to the new rules. If you currently have a distracted driving conviction on your record you may still be affected by the new rules when your policy comes up for renewal.""""""

    Distracted driving statistics

    On September 1, 2011, distracted driving became a ticketable offence in Alberta. Then in 2016, the penalty for driving distracted increased to $287 and three demerit points (view all distracted driving penalties across Canada). But distracted driving violations are not showing signs of letting up. In fact, it may be getting worse.
    Here are the stats for distracted driving convictions in Alberta:

    • 2015: 27,417
    • 2016: 27,281
    • January – March 2017: 24,665

    This does not bode well for our driving community because studies have shown that distracted driving is very dangerous, and it’s putting everyone who uses our roads at risk.

    • Drivers are 23 times more likely to be in a crash or near crash when texting, and 4 – 5 times more likely if talking on the phone. (Source: Virginia Tech)
    • Drivers take their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds per text—at 90 km/h, that’s the length of a football field. (Source: Virginia Tech)
    • Distracted driving is causing more collisions than impaired driving. (Source: CAA)

    Yet, while most drivers know that distracted driving is bad, there seems to be a disconnect with its associated risks.

    • 94% believe texting, emailing, or using social media is a serious threat to their safety, yet 33% said they’ve done it while driving in the past month. (Source: City of Edmonton)
    • 33% believe texting at a stop light is unacceptable, yet the same people admit to doing it in the past month. (Source: CAA)

    Here are some U.S. stats that we should all be sharing with our kids.

    The Numbers Behind Distracted Driving

    1. Distracted driving accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
    2. At the time of fatal crashes, teens have been the largest age group that reported being distracted while driving.
    3. Driver distraction is reported to be responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.
    4. In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused in distracted driving related accidents.
    5. In that same year, distracted driving was cited as a major factor in 3,477 traffic deaths.
    6. 9 people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
    7. Distracted driving has been called an American epidemic and is completely preventable.
    8. Since there is no way to test for distracted driving after an accident occurs, it’s widely believed that the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities caused by distracted driving are vastly under reported.
    9. It takes only 3 seconds after a driver’s attention has been diverted from the road for a crash to occur.
    10. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S.
    11. 16 to 19 year-olds are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than any other age group.
    12. Americans are driving more miles now than ever before, resulting in more traffic accidents and fatalities.
    13. Distracted driving is commonly referred to as the, “new drunk driving”.
    14. Driving distracted is compared to drunk driving since it follows the same psychological pattern: when drivers get away with driving distracted, they then continue to practice this bad habit until a crash occurs or until they are caught and suffer consequences.
    15. Distracted driving is seen as a tricky problem as it’s a temporary one that is hard to proactively predict and catch.
    16. Over 80% of drivers admit to blatantly hazardous behavior while driving, such as changing clothes, steering with a foot, painting nails, or even shaving.
    17. While the number of drinking and driving fatalities has decreased in teens, the number of traffic fatalities in the age group has not, much attributed to distracted driving.

    Anyone have a distracted driving encounter lately?

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    Anyone have a distracted driving encounter lately?[/QUOTE]

    With all the focus on texting and driving what I'm seeing these days is a change from holding the phone up above the dash to glance at it.

    What I'm seeing these days is hiding the phone below the dash so that the phone can't be seen from outside the vehicle. This makes for a longer period of time with eyes off the road.

    I'm seeing no reduction in frequency of phone usage while driving. It's pandemic. Probably fully 20% of drivers have a phone in their hands.

    Phone usage seems uniform to me across the US. General driving styles do not. Florida stands out as the worst example of just general reckless driving (more than one car passed me on the shoulder in the rain. I was going 70mph in a 70 zone). CA has to have the most generally hateful drivers - tailgating, hornblowing, obscene gesture making....

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    I'm shocked that people started hiding texting after it was made illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhurey View Post
    I'm shocked that people started hiding texting after it was made illegal.

    Shocked I tells ya.... SHOCKED!

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    Auto makers promote it with WiFi in cars. I'll put a jammer in my kids cars when they drive
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    Not sure I see the advantage or difference to hooking a phone to WiFi in the car vs just using the data plan.

    Now, the kid's Ipads in the back seats that I don't want to get sims and data plans for...

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