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22 January 2018

CCDD launches platform to reduce distracted driving in Canada

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
To help governments and stakeholders develop effective strategies to reduce distracted driving, the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving has launched a new web-based information hub at www.diad.tirf.ca/ehub. It is led by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and its Drop It And Drive program, in partnership with The Co-operators.

The hub resource features summaries of more than 100 research studies and articles along with links to full studies and the organizations that produced them. Access is also provided to examples of educational resources and tools that are available, the latest data that has been published, and current laws and penalties across the country.    

In addition, a call to action for health practitioners featured in the Journal of Orthopaedic Physical Sports Therapy and work groups comprising insurance, enforcement, the trucking industry and health professionals are now raising awareness of these sectors and building partnerships to help reduce distracted driving.  

Robyn Robertson, TIRF president and CEO, said: "All agencies are incredibly concerned about the safety of Canadians, their workforce, and their families and friends. Everyone has the same questions about the size of the problem, what is known, what data are available, and what strategies can reduce distracted driving. We designed the E-Hub so organizations can spend less time looking for answers and more time working on solutions."

Rob Wesseling, president and CEO of The Co-operators, said: "As an insurer of over a million vehicles in Canada, we have a significant responsibility to educate Canadians about the risks posed by distracted driving. Consider that a driver travelling at 100km/hr travels the length of a hockey rink within just two seconds while distracted. It's easy to see why distracted driving is a recipe for disaster."

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