Community Safety Zone

Welcome to the Community Safety Zone for February !

The safety column for this month will highlight some important facts about distracting driving. Although distracted driving is most commonly thought of to be using a cell phone or another hand held device while operating a
vehicle, drivers can can also be distracted by the actions of passengers in the vehicle.

It takes the average driver 1.5 seconds to react to a situation on the roadway. When a driver is distracted , reaction time is doubled. In comparison to an attentive driver , a texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

In Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000 and one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half hour.

The age group most at risk is drivers between the ages of 16 and 29.

37 % of teens report being a passenger in a car with a parent who was talking on the phone.

23% of teens reported being a passenger in a car with a parent who was texting while driving.


  • Put your phone in a place you cannot access while driving so you are not tempted to use it.
  • Turn off your phone while driving.
  • Pull over safely to the side of the road before answering or using your phone.
  • As a passenger, remind the driver they are responsible for your safety and that they should focus on driving if they begin to use the phone.
  • When calling a person you learn is driving, advise them to call you back when they have pulled over or reached their destination.
  • Remind passengers that their behaviour which interferes with your attention to driving is a hazard for all of you.


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