Canadians sent more than 93 billion text messages last year. How many were sent while driving?
It’s impossible to say, but one thing for certain is that the number isn’t as small as it should be. The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey found that 36% of Ontario high school students with drivers’ licenses have used their smartphone while driving in the past year. Females and Grade 12 students are more likely to text than males and younger students, according to the report, which was released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The report suggests this rate is “alarming.”
The Ontario government banned the use of smartphones while driving in 2009. The fines, recently increased, are nearly $300 for breaking this law.