“When you are driving—it should not be a secondary task, it should be the only task.”
– Joel Feldman, creator of End Distracted Driving www.enddd.org
This is not an exaggeration. Distracted driving has overtaken driving under the influence by a shocking margin. In fact, incidents involving distracted driving have surpassed driving under the influence at least six fold. International research shows that 20-30 per cent of all collisions involve driver distraction.
“The moment you take your eyes off the road and your hand off the wheel you don’t have your full attention on the road, which can pose a danger to you and those around you,” – Kristine Simpson, manager of public affairs at the Canadian Automobile Association.
This is not only texting, but any activity that reduces your ability to focus 100% on the task of driving – in fact, we need to be reminded that even changing the radio station, adjusting your GPS, eating or even putting on makeup are distracting and can be fatal.
TLABC is proud to partner with the End Distracted Driving a program developed by Joel Feldman, a litigator from the US, who lost his beautiful daughter in a distracted driving incident. Following this horrible loss, Joel created End Distracted Driving – a program designed to be presented in schools, by lawyers, in order to begin to create an effective dialogue about one of the most pervasive driving issues of the past decade.
TLABC is dedicated to creating awareness and bringing attention to distracted driving and TLABC members have been participating in presentations around the province that are geared toward preventing these senseless tragedies.
For more information, or to get involved, please contact the TLABC office at:
604-682-5343, or visit our website www.tlabc.org