The scourge of distracted driving in Canada
Fatal collisions are on the rise in Canada, and compared to peer countries we are not doing well. In data drawn from the latest WHO reports, Canada has slipped from 28th to 31st place in the global rankings of per capita, per annum traffic deaths. In those same rankings we are likewise far behind countries with similar economies and climates in the number of fatalities per billion kilometers driven. That rate is 3.0 deaths for Norway, 3.8 for Sweden, and 5.1 for Canada. According to the latest (and late, 2018) numbers from Transport Canada, annual motor-vehicle-related fatalities are up 3.6% from the year before, to a rate of 5.2 deaths per million population.
How can roads be getting less safe for Canadians, at a time when when vehicle crashworthiness is progressing in leaps and bounds? One commonly-cited reason is the incidence of distracted driving behaviours threatening the life and limb of drivers and everyone around them.
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