It’s kind of a no brainer that talking on the telephone while trying to drive is not the safest pastime. However that doesn’t stop thousands of Albertans picking up the phone as soon as they saddle up, get behind the wheel and hit the trail.
Now results from a recent study at the University of Calgary have shown that the accidents resulting from drivers in Alberta attempting to simultaneously drive and use their cell phone is not only costing lives, it’s costing tax payers over $6 million a year to treat the injuries caused by such drivers. The U of C study went on to show that the cost of cleaning up alone after incidents is now over $30 million a year.
In an attempt to end the carnage caused by distracted drivers in Canada, six provinces have already passed legislation making it illegal for drivers to use cell phones while driving, although in some cases this applies to hand-held devices. Now after much foot dragging, Alberta has introduced “Bill 16” that if passed will prevent drivers from using hand-held phones. That said, it’s unlikely that the bill will be passed before the middle of 2011. Until then, Canada’s worst drivers are free all the way to their next accident.