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Why this distracted driving ticket got cancelled

October 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The son of a 71-year-old woman ticketed for distracted driving in downtown Vancouver says a $368 citation issued to his mother has been cancelled by police with an apology. Trevor Kramer says his mother, Randi, was ticketed Monday

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What the latest distracted driving numbers from Desjardins mean

September 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Despite increased penalties for distracted driving, poll results released Tuesday by Canada’s second-largest auto insurer indicate even more motorists are engaging in this risky behaviour. More than half (53%) of respondents to a survey admit to having driven distracted by

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What distracted driving conviction can mean on renewal

September 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

For your Ontario auto clients, distracted driving convictions carry a greater risk of higher rates on renewal. “Now that distracted driving is with many carriers a major conviction, I think we can translate that for brokers [so] that they quickly

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How Travelers advises clients to mitigate auto risk

August 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Do your commercial clients have a strict policy of not calling employees while they are driving? Many drivers who are distracted are actually workers who are travelling on behalf of their employers during the day, Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Gord

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Is the entertainment tech in vehicles cancelling out the safety tech?

August 14, 2019 by Adam Malik

Brokers looking to give their customers any positive news on rates potentially coming down shouldn’t get their hopes up. That’s because industry experts believe there’s little indication that we’ll see fewer collisions on roads despite all the safety technology found

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Insurer reveals distracted driving punishment statistics

March 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Saskatchewan police impounded 87 vehicles because the driver was distracted, the province’s auto insurer announced. It is illegal in Saskatchewan to hold, view or manipulate an electronic communication device while driving. There is an immediate roadside vehicle impoundment if the

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How this insurer detects distracted drivers

January 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer is checking to see whether some of its auto insurance clients are using their phone while driving. If your auto client is insured by Intact under its My Driving Discount program, Intact can detect

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Insurer reacts to new distracted driving penalties

January 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The new licence suspensions and $500 minimum fines for distracted driving should remind Ontario motorists not to text and drive, a spokesperson for CAA South Central Ontario predicts. “We hope this is going to serve as a deterrent,” CAA SCO

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Cop cuts deal with driver over fake insurance offence

July 24, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – A Delta, B.C., police officer who ticketed drivers for offences that didn’t happen has won a review of the suspension and demotion proposed by the province’s police complaint commissioner. Const. Byron Ritchie was seeking a public hearing after

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Novel concept of ‘impaired by distraction’ quashed by Supreme Court of Canada

July 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Driving while engrossed in a heated conversation may be a form of distraction, but is not a form of impairment, the Supreme Court of Canada suggested in a divided ruling released Friday. In May 2013, a toddler died after an

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Human driver distracted before fatal autonomous Uber crash

June 22, 2018 Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX – The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday

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Ontario Election 2018: Trailing Liberals promise auto insurance discounts

June 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Polls show the Ontario Liberals will not likely govern the province after the election this Thursday but, for what it’s worth, a vote for Liberal candidates is a vote for insurance discounts for motorists who use apps intended to discourage