July 14, 2014 11:57 am

Distracted driving No. 1 safety concern on roads, CAA Manitoba says

Distracted driving has replaced impaired driving as the No. 1 concern of respondents to a CAA Manitoba members survey.

Pat Wellenbach / The Associated Press

WINNIPEG – Most Manitobans say they’re still seeing people using their cellphones while driving despite harsher penalties for the practice.

CAA Manitoba released the results of a distracted driving survey Monday, ahead of the fourth anniversary Tuesday of the passage of Manitoba’s anti-distracted driving law.

It shows 99 per cent of the 7,000 people who responded to the poll still see people talking or texting on their phones while driving.

Meanwhile, 82.3 per cent said they feel it’s unlikely police will catch distracted drivers.

“Distracted driving has now overtaken impaired driving as the number one safety concern on our roadways,” Angèle Young, CAA Manitoba’s public and government affairs specialist, said in a news release. “Nearly one-quarter of our members do not feel safe on our roads – something clearly needs to change.”

The online poll was sent out to more than 60,000 CAA Manitoba members, Young said.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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