By James Ferguson
Sept. 8, 2014
Rae Clow knows how dangerous it is to text while driving.
The Charlottetown woman has seen it up close.
“There have been some close calls on the Island with some of my friends, but the amount of deaths happening from the collisions that involves texting is shocking.”
In 2010, a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found drivers texting or using a hand-held device are 23 more times likely to be involved in a collision or near miss compared to drivers who do not text.
Transportation Minister Robert Vessey hopes raising the fine, which ranges from $300 to $475, up to $1,200 will change drivers’ minds.
“I think we have to send a strong message that texting and driving is unacceptable and if someone is going to text while they drive and are caught, they’re going to pay the price,” he said.
Clow said, “If drivers have to pay to acknowledge the fact they’re putting everyone’s life in danger. I’m more than happy to see the price go up.”