Traffic officers recently attended Bowmanville High School to conduct an interactive presentation about the dangers of distracted driving on our roadways.
In the past few years, attention has been drawn to this emerging trend among novice drivers. Survey reports indicate that over 50 per cent of young drivers admit to talking on a cell phone while driving and 30 per cent admit to texting while driving. These stats are alarming and in Durham Region officers are seeing an increase in collisions involving distracted driving.
Approximately one in three fatalities are related to distracted driving in our region and sadly these fatalities are entirely preventable. As reported by Ontario Provincial Police, distracted driving occurrences have surpassed impaired driving as the leading cause of death on our roadways.
The presentation, which is geared toward Grade 12 students, is based on "Impact Teen Drivers" a charitable organization out of California. The presentation uses videos of families who have lost loved ones due to distracted driving. It also speaks to the young persons belief that they are invincible and it could never happen to them. The presentation also includes relevant and current facts on distracted driving.
Students were encouraged to take action by making good decisions in the car, being a role model for good behaviour while driving and speaking up when they feel unsafe due to distracted driving. They will be asked to complete a survey in the coming weeks to provide feedback.
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