WATCH: It’s been 5 years, have distracted driving laws worked?

WATCH: It’s been 5 years, have distracted driving laws worked?

Global News

VANCOUVER — It’s been five years since it became illegal to talk on your phone or text while driving in BC. According to ICBC, between 2006 and 2010 there were an average of 95 fatal accidents. Those numbers dropped to 88 between 2009 and 2013.

“Clearly there is a lot more work to get done,” ICBC’s Jill Blacklock told Global News. She said talking or texting while driving is the second leading cause of fatal crashes in the province, just behind speeding and ahead of impaired driving. In October, tougher penalties were introduced in BC for drivers caught using their phones on the road.

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Almost all Canadians think texting and driving is ‘socially unacceptable’: poll

Almost all Canadians think texting and driving is ‘socially unacceptable’: poll

Global News

TORONTO – Nearly all Canadians agree that texting and driving is a bad idea, but many are still guilty of using their phone behind the wheel. According to a new poll from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), 90 per cent of Canadians believe texting and driving is socially unacceptable.

However, 22 per cent admitted to checking or sending text messages while driving.

“We still need to close that gap between belief and behaviour, but we are on the right track,” said Jeff Walker, CAA vice president of public affairs, in a press release.

“The next step is to make texting and driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.”

The poll also found that Canadians rank texting and driving as their biggest road safety concern – drinking and driving came in second.

Those concerns may very well be warranted. According to collision data obtained by Global News from Toronto Police

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Sask. drivers not getting the message about texting behind the wheel

Sask. drivers not getting the message about texting behind the wheel

Global News

REGINA – Texting and driving appears to be more prevalent in Saskatchewan than in the rest of the country.

According to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), 22 per cent of Canadian drivers admitted to texting behind the wheel. However, in Saskatchewan, that number jumps significantly.

Thirty-five per cent of drivers in the province have used their phone to email or text while driving in the last month. Five per cent of those even admit to doing it regularly.

That seems about right, according to Regina resident Johnny Carroll, “I don’t find that surprising, I see people out texting and driving quite often.”

But that does not make it right, Carroll said: “I find it pretty stupid, because they’re putting their life and other people’s lives at risk.”

Christine Niemczyk with CAA Saskatchewan echoes that statement.

“Texting while driving isn’t safe. For the driver, for the passengers, for anybody on our roadways,”…

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