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38 road deaths from distracted driving investigated year to date: OPP

August 31, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Provincial Police recently suggested that so far this year, it has investigated 38 road deaths in which a distracted driver was involved. “As of mid-August, the OPP has investigated 38 road deaths in which an inattentive driver was

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U.S. traffic fatalities up 7.2% in 2015 from previous year, ending five-decade decline: NHTSA

August 30, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 35,000 people in the United States lost their lives in traffic crashes in the United States last year, ending a five-decade trend of declining fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported on Monday. A total of

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Saskatchewan law enforcement officers issued more than 5,000 speeding or aggressive driving-related tickets in July: SGI

August 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) announced on Thursday that law enforcement officers in the province issued more than 5,000 speeding or aggressive driving-related tickets last month. July’s traffic safety spotlight focused on work zones and aggressive driving, SGI, the province’s self-sustaining

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Pokémon Go risks include distracted driving, exposure of confidential data: Northbridge

August 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Northbridge Insurance recently warned of several risks arising from the Pokémon Go computer game, including exposure of confidential information, liability exposure and distracted driving. “Augmented reality games usually require your GPS location and a data connection (either WiFi or cellular

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74 tickets issued in June to new Saskatchewan drivers not following licence restrictions

July 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported on Friday that June’s province-wide traffic safety spotlight resulted in law enforcement issuing 74 tickets to new drivers and new motorcycle riders not following the restrictions outlined on their learner or novice licence. SGI said

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Northbridge warns of ‘dangerous mental distractions’ to drivers

July 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The use of hands-free technologies while driving does not eliminate distracted driving risk, Northbridge Insurance suggested Thursday in a blog post. “Many drivers aren’t fully engaged on the road putting their lives and the lives of others at risk,” Toronto-based

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Police in Saskatchewan catch 359 impaired drivers in May: SGI

June 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Police in Saskatchewan stopped more than 350 impaired drivers during May’s province-wide traffic safety spotlight on impaired driving, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) said on Wednesday. SGI said in a press release that there were 359 impaired driving-related offences, the majority

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Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving begins development of National Action Plan

June 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The newly-created Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving (CCDD) has wrapped up its first meeting, a two-day working session in Ottawa, where it began work on creating a National Action Plan to combat distracted driving. An initiative of the Traffic Injury

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Driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be as distracting as talking on hand-held mobile: study

June 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be as distracting as talking on a hand-held mobile, according to a study from researchers at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. The study, titled Imagery-inducing distraction leads to cognitive

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The Digital Edition of Canadian Underwriter magazine’s May 2016 issue

May 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Digital Edition below ↓ Cover Story – ‘Tired of Losses’  Distraction and driver fatigue are high on the radar screen for commercial auto insurers, and while drunkeness may not account for a significant percentage of losses, one insurance expert contends guidance

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Designated highway texting zones bill passes second reading in Ontario legislature

May 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario politicians from all three parties spoke Thursday in favour of an opposition private member’s bill that proposes to allow the transportation minister to “create designated highway texting zones.” Bill 190, the Safe Texting Zones Act, was referred Thursday to

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‘Text and drive’ billboards on Toronto highway deliver grim message

May 12, 2016 By Aleksandra Sagan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Drivers on one Toronto highway are seeing a counterintuitive message this week: “Text and Drive.” Two billboards on the Gardiner Expressway purport to be an encouragement from a funeral home, but it’s really an advertising agency behind the