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New Brunswick introduces distracted driving legislation


November 24, 2010   by Canadian Underwriter


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New Brunswick is the latest province to introduce legislation combating distracted driving, prompting the praise of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).
New Brunswick’s proposed law would prohibit, while driving, the use of any electronic device with a display screen, communication device or entertainment device that is not firmly attached to a vehicle’s dashboard.
“Insurers welcome the new law and commend New Brunswick officials for taking a comprehensive approach to combating distracted driving,” said Bill Adams, IBC’s vice president of the Atlantic region. “We hope that the government’s public education plans on the issue are equally as comprehensive because it’s clear that this proposed legislation is not enough. It needs to be combined with strong consumer education to ensure that drivers understand and comply.”


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