Texting and Driving Penalties – Is it Helping?

Checking for notifications or messages while driving is a common sight today. Every person behind the wheel is well aware of the dangers involved in using handheld devices while driving. However, the involvement of smart phones in our daily activities has become so crucial that the urge to reach out for the device is triggered voluntarily or involuntarily.


It has been almost a decade ever since Ontario passed the distracted driving laws. However, the numbers do not seem to be diminishing. Surveys have revealed that at least one out of four Canadians today admitted to using cell phones while they are driving. Also, 43 percent of the drivers in Ontario admitted to doing the same.


While it is against the law and it is dangerous for both the people in the car and the others on the road. In a recent study conducted by the CAA, a lot of drivers seize the opportunity to use their cell phones at a red light, or when they are stopped in traffic.


Even with the harshest penalties on texting and driving, such as suspension of license, there is no visible sign of progress. Although the statistical analysis has shown a tiny bit of improvement, it is at a snail’s pace.


Majority of the road accidents happen because of driving under the influence of alcohol, and over speeding. There is very less evidence to prove that someone was texting or using a cell phone at the time of the accident. And on top of that, the agencies across the country do not make an effort to diagnose the type of ‘distraction’ that led to an accident.


On the 12th of April 2019, Peel police launched a distracted driving campaign to warn its citizens of the dangers involved. Currently, Canada has some of the harshest penalties for texting while driving. CAA is on a mission to bring changes in this regard. It’s a collective responsibility and hopefully, the people realize that.