July 16, 2018 6:27 pm
Updated: July 17, 2018 10:19 am

Eyes on the road, motorists: New study shows alarming figures on distracted driving

WATCH ABOVE: The majority of Quebecers drive with distractions, according to a new study from All-State Insurance. As Global's Billy Shields reports, the phenomenon is deadly – but police say it’s hard to get drivers’ eyes off their screens and on the road.

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A new study from Allstate Insurance reveals that more than 90 per cent of all Quebec motorists drive while distracted. About one-quarter use their phones while they drive — including for email and social media functions, the study shows.

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“I’m a big user of technology myself, but be aware if you’re distracted and driving, you may injure yourself and kill someone else,” said Denis Talbot, a spokesperson for Allstate. “You’re just fiddling around. You’re not watching the road.”

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What’s more, according to Montreal police, about one out of every three fatal collisions is caused by distracted driving, a figure that almost certainly led the province to dramatically increase texting-while-driving fines to exceed $300 recently.

The study also indicates about 34 per cent of the province’s drivers reach for far objects while behind the wheel, and about 23 per cent operate their GPS while they are driving.

One driver Global News spoke to, Howard Hoppenheim, said he’s seen the problem up close.

“I’ve seen a woman put on makeup with her car veering into another lane of a highway,” he said.

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