Mylene - posted on 10/05/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )
Canada, it seems, is being driven to distraction behind the wheel.
That's according to a new poll by Leger Marketing that suggests three out of every four Canadian motorists is focusing on something other than the task at hand while driving.
The poll found nearly 90 per cent of its 1,600 respondents had a negative view of texting while driving, while fewer than 20 per cent saw adjusting the radio as a distraction.
Fully 25 per cent said they or someone they knew had been in an accident caused by a distracted driver; the number jumped to 37 per cent in the 18-24 age bracket.
The poll, commissioned by insurer Allstate Canada, defines distracted driving as visual, manual or cognitive distractions — everything from texting on a cellphone or changing a CD to eating, using a GPS, applying makeup or being pre-occupied with other passengers.
The survey, conducted using Leger's online polling system, carries a margin of error that's considered equivalent to plus or minus 2.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Do you guys think that there should be laws to prevent any type of distraction while driving? I know many provinces in Canada already have cell-phone bans while driving. Do you think these laws should be "distracted driver laws" instead of cell-phone bans? Distracted driver laws would include playing with the radio, applying make-up, cell-phone use (text or talk), etc.