OTTAWA – It’s an epidemic. Attention Deficit Driving. (ADD).
According to a recent Canadian survey, almost all drivers know that it’s dangerous to take your mind off the road, but 75 percent of people do so anyway.
Also, there’s a definite distraction pecking order: Texting is seen as a cardinal sin by 88 percent, while only 19 percent deem adjusting the radio a no-no.
The online survey, conducted by Allstate Insurance Co. Canada, asked 1,605 Canadians about their distracted-driving tendencies and the results are considered accurate within 2.4 percentage points.
The vast majority of people who responded said they’re well aware that it’s dangerous to focus on things like fiddling with a sound system, talking, texting or, like, putting on makeup, but almost everybody surveyed pleads guilty.
According to the survey, "taking your eyes off the road for five seconds while driving at 90 km/h is like driving the length of a football field completely blind."
Happily, only 8 percent admitted to texting or emailing while driving, while 60 percent said they’ll operate their car’s sound system while on the move. (By inference, a mind-boggling 40 percent said they wouldn’t touch their radio, which says a lot about the state of Canadian radio programming).
Eighty three percent agreed it was wrong to use a cell while driving but 15 percent admit to doing so.
The survey showed that 25 percent of Canadians either have been or know somebody who has been in an accident caused by a distracted driver.
As legislators continent-wide trip over themselves to ban cell phones and other devices, it’s only a matter of time before somebody suggests we ban in-vehicle conversations. You read it here first.
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