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How work expectations are contributing to distracted driving

May 3, 2022 by Jason Contant

Work-related pressures may be contributing to distracted driving, but having a workplace policy in place appears to be an effective way to mitigate the risk, suggests a new survey from Travelers Canada. The 2022 Travelers Canada Distracted Driving Risk Survey

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Onboard vehicle tech becoming a safety issue, advocates say

January 17, 2022 Ian Bickis -THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A driver sitting behind the wheel of a new vehicle could be scrolling through their Spotify app looking for the right album when they get an incoming call or text, only to have a warning bell go off

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Saskatchewan spotlights steep distracted-driving fines

December 2, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Five hundred and eighty dollars. And … four demerit points. That’s how much a first offence for using a cell phone while behind the wheel will cost a Saskatchewan driver, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) said as part of an October

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Insurer ups distracted driving from minor to major conviction

July 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Nova Scotia motorists could be out of luck when they try to renew their auto insurance if they got caught more than once using a hand-held gizmo when they should be paying attention to the road. In a ruling posted

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These highway features may encourage distracted driving

June 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Medians and wide shoulders on highways could encourage distracted driving by giving drivers a false sense of security, transportation researchers suggest in a recent paper. “The combination and presence of a shoulder, median, higher speed limit, and extra lanes could

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Distracted driving behaviours that your clients deem to be “safe”

March 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Auto insurers take note: the majority of your clients admit to engaging in distracted driving behaviours, but they consider these behaviours to be safe. The Third Annual Distracted Driving survey conducted by rate comparison site RATESDOTCA revealed that 74% of

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Something new to tell drivers to help stop distracted driving

February 4, 2021 by Adam Malik

Messaging around distracted driving hasn’t worked, so it’s time to come up with a new strategy to reduce driving risk, a panellist on a recent webinar suggested. Instead of saying how bad it is to be distracted, insurers and governments

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P&C industry needs better data about distracted driving

January 28, 2021 by Adam Malik

There’s a fairly significant gap between what government agencies have to say about distracted driving and what data companies are able to capture, and that is playing a role in the ineffective portrayal and messaging around the seriousness of people

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Insurers now treating distracted driving as ‘major’ conviction

November 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

In keeping with actions previously taken by Canada’s auto insurers, Northbridge General Insurance Company will start treating driving while using a hand-held communication device as a major conviction for the purpose of setting insurance rates in Nova Scotia. The change

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Here’s one thing on which Canadian drivers and insurers can agree

February 28, 2020 by Adam Malik

Canadians and insurers agree on one thing: Distracted driving is the biggest threat to safe roads. A recent survey by Rates.ca shows that 40% of Canadians think distracted driving is the top cause of car-related deaths, surpassing impaired driving at

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Brokers tackle distracted driving with social media campaign

December 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) and Canada Safety Council (CSC) have teamed up for a new social media-led campaign timed to coincide with Distracted Driving Week, which runs until Dec. 7. The campaign focuses on two key distracted driving

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Saskatchewan more than doubles distracted driving penalties

November 20, 2019 The Canadian Press

REGINA – Fines for distracted driving are more than doubling in Saskatchewan. The government has introduced stiffer penalties for drivers caught using their cellphones, although the changes won’t apply until next February. Saskatchewan Government Insurance is increasing the cost of