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.
Just yesterday, February 12th a Winnipeg driver crashed into a bus shelter during a morning commute to work.
The shelter on Portage Avenue and Queen Street is now blocked off with police tape.
Traffic is delayed on westbound Portage Avenue due to the collision. Crews are working on the scene, thankfully, nobody was injured. The investigation still continues, there is no statement yet from Winnipeg Police about the reasons of a crash.
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.
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.