Impaired and Distracted Driving Awareness Week 2018 

Focusing on the road can save lives

On Tuesday, April 24th, Brantford City Council passed a proclamation declaring April 22-28, 2018 as “Impaired and Distracted Driving Awareness Week" in Brantford.

Impaired and Distracted Driving Awareness Week Proclamation (PDF)

The Brant, Brantford and Six Nations Impaired and Distracted Driving Awareness Committee is committed to informing the public of the dangers of impaired and distracted driving with the goal to prevent injury, death and make the roads in our community safer for all.

Impaired driving remains a leading criminal cause of death in Canada. Driving after using drugs, even prescription drugs, is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Tragically, four Canadians die every day in a collision involving alcohol or drugs and deaths attributed to distracted driving are on the rise.

In Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000. Ontario data on collisions from 2013 show:

  • one person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every half hour
  • a driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road

Using your phone to talk, text, check maps or choose a playlist while you’re behind the wheel all count as distracted driving – and they put you and others at risk. Other activities like eating, reading or typing a destination into a GPS are also dangerous when you’re behind the wheel.

Avoid distracted driving and its penalties

  • Turn off your phone or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car
  • Put it in the glove compartment (lock it, if you have to) or in a bag on the back seat
  • Some apps can block incoming calls and texts, or send automatic replies to people trying to call or text you that you can set while you’re driving
  • Ask a passenger to take a call or respond to a text for you
  • If you must respond, or have to make a call or send a text, carefully pull over to a safe area. In an emergency, you can use your phone to call 911, but be sure to pull off the road to a safe area to make the call.
  • Silence notifications that tempt you to check your phone

RELATED RESOURCES

Government of Canada Distracted Driving Video

Province of Ontario Distracted Driving Webpage

Distracted Driving FAQs