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Most Canadians believe texting and driving is getting worse: CAA poll

January 2, 2018   by Staff

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Photo copyright: PopovEighty-three percent of Canadians believe texting and driving is a more serious problem today than it was three years ago, according to a poll from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

“Despite anti-texting and driving laws in all provinces across the country and several years of public education campaigns, Canadians still don’t seem to be getting the message,” Jeff Walker, CAA National’s chief strategy officer, said in a statement.

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Texting and driving was tied with drunk driving as the number one road safety concern for Canadians. The poll found that 96% of Canadians believe texting and driving poses a threat to their personal safety.

“Studies show drivers are as much as 23 times more likely to get into a collision when they text and drive,” Walker said.

Texting and driving first broke into Canadians’ top 10 list of road safety concerns in 2011.

For its latest poll, CAA surveyed 2,003 Canadians in November. The results are considered accurate with a margin of error of +/-2.19%, 19 times out of 20.

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