The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and Safe Communities teamed up to show how dangerous distracted driving can be.
Cell phone use is one the most common distractions for drivers. Drivers who engage in text messaging on a cell phone are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash compared with non-distracted drivers. Distracted driving also includes personal grooming, eating, adjusting controls, reaching for items as well as active passengers such as pets and children.
On Saturday at the Mill Market, an interactive simulator was set up for users with various different distractions. It allows the driver to experience different scenarios and witness the impact of distracted driving in a safe environment.
Distracted driving is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year.
Earlier this year Safe Communities and the Algoma Public Health applied for a grant on road safety to the Ministry of Transportation. The grant request was successful and funds were designated to bring educational material on distracted driving to the community.
This event is brought to you by Safe Communities, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, Algoma Public Health, the Ontario Provincial Police and Great Lakes Honda.