Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of death on the road, surpassing drinking and driving. In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of this act, many provinces have increased the fine for disobeying the law. However, it seems some are even concerned with what happens while walking and using your device.
According to a survey by Vancouver-based Insights West, 66 percent of Canadians support the idea of implementing ‘distracted walking’ legislation in their local municipality, with a higher percentage (80 percent) of respondents aged 55 wanting a bill to be passed. Distracted walking is categorized as using your mobile device on a roadway, such as crossing the street.
While the percentage is high, the likelihood of this happening is slim. In July, Toronto Councillor Frances Nunziata tabled a motion for a similar bill to become law in Toronto but was quickly shot down by Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, who stated pedestrians should keep their heads up and be aware of their surroundings while walking.
It should also be stated that the report was based on surveying 1,013 Canadians between September 6th to September 8th, 2016.