A Bill to create Safe Texting Zones across Ontario has passed second reading at Queens Park. Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli proposed the Bill with the goal of making highways safer. Fedeli says distracted driving remains the number one killer on Ontario highways. He says for the seventh straight year, deaths caused by distracted driving have surpassed deaths as a result of impaired driving.
Fedeli says research shows that people who take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds see their crash risk double. And Fedeli says the Ministry of Transportation has another scary number. He says people who use their cells while driving are four times more likely to be in a collision than drivers who are focused on driving.
The proposed legislation would create designated texting zones where people can stop and text or make and take cell phone calls. Fedeli says the only infrastructure that`s needed is highway signs telling drivers that a texting zone is coming up. Texting zones already exist in several American states. The Bill still has to pass third reading before getting closer to becoming law.