Dark Days & Dangers of Distracted Driving vs. Distracted Walking

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Here we go into the darkest months of the year when pedestrian/vehicular crashes usually spike and the very surprising and rather aptly named season of “Pedestrian shaming” begins. A poll of Canadians showed that an estimated 66 per cent of respondents agreed with a ban on texting while walking. In fact, the City of Toronto considered instituting such a ban and debated it at Council. The Toronto City Council had changed the Highway Traffic Act to prohibit using “a hand-held wireless communication device or hand-held electronic entertainment device while on any travelled portion of a roadway”.

Even British Columbia’s Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has teamed up with the RCMP to hold an event on the dangers of distracted walking. “Remove headphones, and don’t venture onto streets while talking or texting on your phone,” is the word from the RCMP.

Kudos to The Abbotsford News for having the…

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