Texting and Driving – Don’t Do It

Texting and Driving – Don’t Do It

In Houston, Texas, a young man was driving and texting “I must stop texting because I could die in a car accident”, ironically; his vehicle went straight into a ditch and he almost lost his life.

The accident happened in January on a bridge. The car suddenly went off the bridge to plunge into an 11-metre deep gorge.

After six months of rehabilitation, he is now encouraging people to drive safely.

Cellular phones have been part of our lives for many years now. People use them all the time while doing many other activities even driving.
Even though it is now illegal to drive with handheld phones in Quebec, people do it anyway and text to communicate on the roads.

The SAAQ conducted a survey in July 2011, revealing that 99% percent of people thought that texting while driving was extremely dangerous.
Quebecers seem informed but are they sensitive to it?

In the past few years, many accidents were caused by the use of cell phones. Such a use decreases braking reaction time, increases adaption time to maintain a safe distance between vehicles, makes simple tasks seem more difficult such as driving in a straight line, reduces the ability to avoid obstacles, and reduces visual perception.

Between July 1, 2008 and 2011, 159,722 offences were entered in the SAAQ records. 11,485 in 2008, 42,612 in 2009, 48,941 in 2010, and 56,684 in 2011.

These numbers are disturbing and this is why using such devices is prohibited in Quebec.

Committing such an offence will result in an $80 to $100 fine and three demerit points.

Think about it.

Is it really worth risking your life and the life of others?

Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec

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