An ‘alarming number of young people’ in Ontario are still texting while driving, report says

A new report has been released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) that declares “an alarming number of young people” are still texting while driving.

The report, which is called the “2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) Mental Health and Well-Being Report,” asked the question: “In the last 12-months how often did you type a text or email while you were driving?” The finding revealed that 36% of Ontario students in grades 10 to 12, which represents 107,900 drivers, stated they used their smartphone while driving at least once in the past year — with females and 12 graders more likely to text at (45%).

The Ontario Government banned the use of a handheld devices while driving back in April of 2009. If you’re caught talking, emailing, texting, surfing the web, or even holding your device while driving you could face a $280.

According to the CWTA, Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, Canadians approximately sent 93.5 billion text messages in 2013.

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Source: CAMH