Distracted driving is dangerous

A lot of accidents on the road happened because drivers are in a hurry and some are excessively speeding, distracted or simply intentionally do not follow the rules and regulations. Every year, about 421,000 people are injured in crashes that have involved a driver who was distracted in some way. Over 78% of all distracted drivers are distracted because they have been texting while driving.

In 2018 that number is already much higher throughout Canada. Manitoba alone seeing a 25% increase in road fatalities. Most of those accidents happening due to drivers being distracted and over 78% of them were texting, just imagine that number.

As shown in the photo, despite the huge fines and other penalties for distracted driving in Manitoba and Winnipeg in particular, some drivers still disregard the law and use the phone while driving, which is illegal. It is illegal to text while driving, to talk holding a phone in your hands, even for a moment, even just to answer the phone and let the caller know you are driving and will call back later. As per Winnipeg Police, the message is simple – NO to distracted driving.

To remind you, starting November 1st, 2018 Manitoba’s new distracted driving laws came into effect.

According to Manitoba Public Insurance, a total of 237 drivers province-wide have had their licenses suspended for the minimum three-day period since the new penalties came into place.

Unfortunately, a lot of those drivers are teenagers, who are not just irresponsible to their own vehicles and lives, but to other people’s health and lives as well.

So fellow Winnipeggers please don’t text and drive, follow the speed limits, the limits there for a good reason, keep our roads safe and easy to drive. Let’s all be responsible drivers and care for each other, so at the end of the day, we can all come back home to our loved ones.

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