"Novice drivers are subject to many restrictions as they learn to drive, such as not driving on four-lane highways and not driving during certain hours," said CAA President David Flewelling. "By also restricting the use of electronic devices, such as cell phones, MP3 players and wireless hand-held devices, they can truly focus on the driving task."
"It is also our hope that a preventative measure like this one will create a generation of motorists who recognize the severe implications of driver distractions - and work towards reducing them where they can."
According to a study released in April 2006 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the many forms of distractions are collectively responsible for as many as eight out of every ten crashes.
"Driver distraction is the greatest unreported traffic safety issue in Canada," said Flewelling. "This is why CAA is also calling on drivers, passengers, employers, automobile manufacturers, and technology developers to reduce or eliminate as many distractions as possible from the driving experience. Driving is not a passive activity - it is a complex task that requires the driver's full attention."
The call is part of the organization's Driven to Distraction campaign.
Oh Canada! I looked at that Driven to Distraction website- and clicked on "Find the Distractions". I am in complete agreement. If I get rid of the kids, and the hoser who can't read the flipping map next to me, I would be able to concentrate on telling my girlfriend on the cell phone how cute the construction worker ahead is.