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Distracted walking ban backed by two thirds of Canadians, finds survey (POLL)

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Jenni Sheppard Oct 26, 2016 5:25 am 1,369

Be honest.

When was the last time you tore yourself away from your phone and looked up while waiting to cross the road? Then almost missed the walk signal because you were so distracted? Or worse, stepped out without looking and almost get hit by a car?

Well, never fear, most Canadians have you in their sights, according to a new survey by Insights West on distracted walking.

The progressive research company polled 1,013 Canadians online between September 6 and September 8 about distracted driving and walking.

It found 66% of respondents across Canada want their city to legislate against “distracted walking” to stop people using cellphones while crossing the street.

But come on, we’re not the only ones distracted on the road.

A majority of those polled in every single province and territory also support distracted driving laws, with the exception of Nunavut. Huh.

Overall, 93% of Canadians surveyed backed distracted driving laws to stop drivers using cellphones while on the road.

Despite that, only 51% of those polled thought existing distracted driving legislation had actually been effective.

Not really surprising, given the amount of drivers you’d see using their phones – if you could just tear yourself away from yours, of course.

Look up people. Look up.


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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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