This Ontario law that bans the use of hand-held devices while driving (Bill 118) is just over a week old now and a new survey has popped up. TNS Canadian Facts conducted an internet survey of 1,007 consumers between October 22nd to 27th, 2009.
Michael Ennamorato, EVP at TNS said “Half of Canadians would support a more comprehensive ban, but the attitudes along generational lines are really striking. Older Canadians are far more supportive of a total ban than their younger, multi-tasking counterparts.”
From this survey the numbers look like this:
– 6 in 10 Canadians (58%) aged 50 and older would support a total ban on cellphone usage while driving
– 3 in 10 (27%) between the ages of 18 and 24 would support a total ban on cellphone usage while driving
– Regionally, 44% of Canadians living in the Prairies say they support a comprehensive ban
– 55% of residents of Quebec, where the law already is in effect say they support a comprehensive ban
– In British Columbia 55% would favour a total ban on cellphone use while driving
– In Ontario, 47% would favour a total ban on cellphone use while driving
– 42% say they have purchased a hands-free device for their vehicle.
– 17% plan to get one soon
– 39% have no intention of acquiring a hands-free phone or accessory
– 65% of people in Ontario believe the police will enforce the new law.
More here at TNS