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Some provincial plans to crack down on distracted driving go too far: lawyer

March 20, 2018 Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – A group that represents defence lawyers says some proposed laws aimed at cracking down on drivers distracted by hand-held electronic devices go too far. Manitoba and Ontario are two provinces planning to let police temporarily suspend the licences

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B.C. experiments with tech that blocks handheld use while driving

March 7, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A telematics trial intended to address distracted driving in British Columbia is now underway. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia said March 2 it is “working with 139 drivers” in the province on a pilot project intended to block the use

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Millennials admit to driving distracted: Allstate survey

March 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadians think Millennials behind the wheel are most likely to drive distracted – and the majority of Millennials appear to agree, according to a new poll conducted by Leger for Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. Eighty per cent of Canadians

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Some Assembly Required

February 27, 2018 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Auto lines across Canada are in dire need of repair right now. In a fairly benign year, with virtually no major catastrophe events, the Canadian property and casualty industry still came dangerously close to losing money, posting a relatively disappointing

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RSA Canada joins chorus of insurers seeking auto rate increases

February 23, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Distracted driving and the cost of repairing vehicles equipped with the latest technology are among the reasons RSA Canada is looking to increase auto insurance rates across Canada. “We have seen a trend of increasing frequency [of collisions] which we

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Insurers applaud Quebec’s tougher stance on distracted driving

February 21, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian property and casualty insurers are pleased that Quebec is proposing new distracted driving rules, including stronger penalties as a deterrent, as part of a larger package of proposals to beef up the province’s Highway Safety Act. Insurance Bureau of

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“No question” that Aviva Canada plans to hike auto rates: CEO

February 20, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

There is “no question” that Canada’s second-largest insurer, Aviva Canada, is contemplating country-wide rate increases in personal auto, Greg Somerville, the company’s president and CEO, told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. The cost of repairing vehicles with advanced technologies is one factor

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Educating the Public About Distracted Driving: Dos and Don’ts

January 23, 2018 by David Gambrill

Public education strategies must supplement tougher laws if insurers wish to curb the number of claims arising from distracted driving, says the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). Despite increasing fines and penalties for distracted driving, nearly one in four fatal

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Tougher laws a mere distraction for cell-using drivers

December 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Distracted driving offences in Saskatchewan were at an all-time high in November 2017, despite the government’s attempts to toughen the laws around driving with a cellphone. “Police reported a whopping 636 distracted driving offences during the November [Traffic Safety Spotlight],

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Industry encouraged to offer discount for using cellphone blockers

December 11, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Vehicle owners who install smart phone-blocking apps should get a break on insurance rates, some industry groups contend. British Columbia’s government-owned auto insurer says it will roll out telematics devices designed to block drivers from using their wireless phones on

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Province’s distracted drivers are on the rise

November 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite the consequences of distracted driving – a $280 fine and four demerit points under Saskatchewan Government Insurance’s (SGI) Safe Driver Recognition program – it continues to be the leading cause of all traffic collisions. Police in Saskatchewan issued a

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B.C. to designate distracted driving as high-risk behavior under ICBC’s Driver Risk Premium program

November 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Attorney General announced on Monday that it will work to designate distracted driving as a high-risk driving behaviour under the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) Driver Risk Premium program. This means a