Focus increases on distracted driving

by Truck News

MONTREAL, Que. – Transport Canada has added to the focus on distracted driving through a national roundtable in Montreal, featuring voices including the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and Quebec Trucking Association.

Sessions covered the steps that different industries are taking to fight distracted driving; actions needed to change the way people use devices while driving, cycling or walking; and ways different sectors could help increase awareness of the issue.

The CTA observed that distracted driving has surpassed impairment and speeding as the highest risk factor behind collisions. It called for a focus on prevention and planning, monitoring, enforcement and evaluation.

The alliance wants distracted driving messages included into training for truck drivers, electronic logging devices (ELDs) that it says reduce “cognitive distraction”; and a focus on the feasibility of regulations for forward-facing cameras on all heavy commercial vehicles.

So, too, did the group ask government officials to consider incentives for advanced driver assistance systems.

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  • Great News! Was beside a Tractor Trailer Driver with his I-Pad over the steering wheel watching a movie!!!

    • What ever happened to “professional” drivers ? The provinces are to blame,in BC. there have been no upgrades since 1971 !! The government also has to stop patronization of people who don’t have a command of the “english” language,Saskatchewan accident is a prime example of this practice. – John W. Vancouver.