The Cellphone Ranger Cracks Down On Distracted Driving

Halton Constable On A Distracted Driving Mission

When it comes to distracted drivers, Halton Police Constable Norm Deneault has taken it upon himself to be the Lone Ranger. With over 3,000 tickets written for driving while using a cellphone, Constable Deneault is committed to enforcing justice when it comes to distracted driving.

Three thousand tickets written for distracted driving is a large number for one single policeman, but it is a cause that is near to the veteran who has amassed over 29 years on the police force. Distracted driving has become a personal issue for Deneault, who was rear-ended, while off-duty by a driver who was talking on their phone. For this police officer, who was not hurt in the collision, distracted driving has become a personal cause as a result of his own experience. Constable Norm Deneault recently wrote his 3,000th career ticket to a young driver who had already received a ticket for distracted driving. Her explanation for using her cellphone while driving? She was driving a new vehicle and could not program the handsfree technology. As Canada’s oldest driver education organization, Young Drivers of Canada understands that distracted driving is a growing problem that needs to be corrected at the driver education level.

According to statistics, since the inception of provincial legislation in October 2009  banning the use of cellphones unless they are accessed through handsfree devices, Hamilton police have written over 14,000 tickets for distracted driving. Constable Deneault’s contribution is significant to that number, and is not a mandate imposed by his squad, but rather a personal crusade against what is becoming the number one cause of collisions on the roads today.

Distracted Driving Statistics On The Rise

Recent OPP statistics show that distracted driving has surpassed drunk driving as the number one cause of collision-related deaths. In 2013, Ontario statistics show that 78 people died from collisions resulting from distracted driving, 57 from alcohol and 44 from speed. So why aren’t drivers getting the message? The answer is complicated.

Many of us don’t see the distractions we face on a day to day basis and don’t even think that simply changing the station on the car radio can have detrimental effects. This is where the problem lies. Taking your eyes of the road to complete a seemingly simple task can result in a variety of actions including veering into someone’s lane, rear ending another vehicle or even not seeing a pedestrian. At Young Drivers of Canada we understand that driving is subject to a variety of distractions, from eating and drinking while behind the wheel to looking at passengers while in conversing with them. So what is the solution? It lies in the ability for drivers to control their brain activity while behind the wheel.

Young Drivers of Canada’s exclusive CogniFitTM program is designed to enhance a driver’s cognitive skills. The program assesses a driver’s strengths and weaknesses, promotes safe and smart driving practices and is customized to each driver’s learning experience. In addition to these features, the program encourages drivers to think on their feet and improves their mental capacity. Controlling a driver’s cognitive skills behind the wheel is crucial when it comes to dealing with distractions and can be the difference between a collision and a safe journey!

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