The traffic safety focus for the month of February is Distracted Driving.
Driving is a highly complex task, as it involves operating a vehicle while simultaneously paying attention to traffic signals, other drivers and road users, road conditions, and weather. When a driver becomes distracted, their attention is diverted away from this task, and this can have dangerous consequences. Drivers should always make sure to keep their eyes on the road and their mind on driving.
Distracted driving facts:
- Research shows that distracted driving plays a role in 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions, and distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in collisions than attentive drivers.
- Some studies have shown that texting impairs driving more than alcohol or drugs.
- Since distracted driving legislation was introduced in September 2011, there have been over 248,000 convictions.
- 94 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held communication or electronic device while driving.
- Drivers can stay attentive and alert by following a few tips: putting their phones out of reach; keeping both hands on the wheel; programming GPS units, radio, or audio systems before driving; and pulling over if needed.
For more information contact:
Sgt. Stacey Fishley
Medicine Hat Police Service