Today's Trucking

Distracted driving fines and penalties on the rise

January 2, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Ontario has become the latest province to increase fines and other penalties associated with distracted driving, complete with the heavy hammer of licence suspensions. As of Jan. 1, first convictions carry fines of $615 to $1,000 – […]


Geotab app helps combat distractions

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

Geotab is fighting distracted driving with a new SafeRide app in the Geotab Marketplace, locking out phones and their screens when someone is driving. Incoming alerts are muted as well. The option was revealed along with Geotab’s Both Sides of […]


Smile? On-board cameras can offer in-cab insights

July 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — While dashboard cameras provide hours of entertainment on YouTube, they can serve a vital safety role as well. After all, one of your drivers could be featured in a YouTube video. The key is to be proactive. .


The Cost of Distractions

June 1, 2018 Kim E. Stoll

Drivers who text or have other interactions with cellphones are eight times more likely to cause an accident. According to CAA, simply conversing on a mobile device — whether hands-free or hand-held — makes drivers four times more likely to be in a crash. And one in every four accidents is caused by people texting. According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half an hour.


Drop It And Drive provides new resources for CMV drivers

January 18, 2018 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON – The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) wants truck drivers to drop those distractions and just drive.

The group is launching two new programs this year through their Drop It And Drive (DIAD) educational arm devoted to making sure drivers really understand what distracted driving means.


Four-wheelers worse than they think: survey

August 14, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Canadians seem to think they’re good drivers, but that isn’t stopping them from bad habits behind the wheel – including using cellphones, flossing, and being intimate, a new survey conducted for belairdirect has found.


CarriersEdge focuses on distractions

August 2, 2017 by John Smith

CarriersEdge, which already offers a library of more than 70 online safety and compliance courses, has introduced a new program that focuses on distracted driving.


Risk, cost of distracted driving backed by new data

April 13, 2017 by sehui

SAN DIEGO, CA – Distracted drivers are 36% more likely to be involved in close calls when compared to other drivers, and up to 88% more likely if they are distracted by a cellular device, SmartDrive Systems reports.


ATA video warns of distracted driving over long weekend

September 2, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of one the busiest travel weekends of the year, the American Trucking Associations latest instructional video touches on the 21st century’s most prevalent dangerous driving habit: distracted driving.

WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of one the busiest travel weekends of the year, the American Trucking Associations latest instructional video touches on the 21st century’s most prevalent dangerous driving habit: distracted driving.


Distracted driving deaths to double impaired deaths: OPP

September 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ORILLIA, ON – The Ontario Provincial Police says 2016 is poised to see distracted driving deaths more than double deaths related to impaired driving.

As the OPP prepares to launch its Distracted Driving Campaign over the Labour Day weekend, it reports that it has investigated 38 distracted driving deaths so far in 2016, versus 19 deaths involving an impaired driver.

Since the OPP launched distracted driving laws in 2009, officers have investigated more than 600 road deaths that involved an inattentive driver.


Distracted driving fines lead OPP’s ‘Operation Corridor’

July 27, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

LONDON, ON – The Ontario Provincial Police’s June 16 Operation Corridor crackdown on commercial trucks netted 52 distracted driving offences, while officials with the Ministry of Transportation took 11 trucks out of service.

OPP officials reported that when they pulled up alongside one truck driver, the driver offered police a rude hand gesture while he spoke on his cell phone. He was charged with distracted driving, a fine of approximately $490 in Ontario.

Meanwhile, another truck driver, police said, received two cell phone violation in less than an hour during Operation Corridor.


BC doubles distracted driving fine, targets serial offenders

May 11, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

VICTORIA, BC – British Columbia has more than doubled its fine for distracted driving, raising the base penalty from $175 to $368 effective June 1.

The new sanctions reflect what government heard during a public consultation where 90% of respondents supported stronger distracted driving penalties. In 2014, distracted and inattentive driving was a factor in 66 deaths and 630 serious injuries on B.C. roads.

Over the past three years, approximately 50,000 distracted driving tickets have been issued annually.


Breathalyzer meets ‘Textalyzer’ in NY state proposal

April 22, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ALBANY, NY – Ben Lieberman says he’s often heard there is no such thing as a breathalyzer for distracted driving. “So we created one,” he says.


Canadians Say Distracted Driving a Problem, But Not Their Problem

May 17, 2015 by sehui

AURORA, ON — Four-wheelers you see on roadways believe driving distracted is a problem but the funny thing is many believe someone else is responsible for it.A new survey of 1,300 Canadian motorists, released Thursday by State Farm insurance, found 93% of respondents feel that other motorists drive while they are distracted. However, far fewer, 56%, believe that they themselves drive while distracted, a striking difference from how drivers view their own abilities behind the wheel compared to those with whom they share the road. The same survey also found 30% of respondents indicated the most dangerous thing a person can do on the road is to drive distracted, yet about one third acknowledged that they check their cell phone or handheld device once or more while driving and 35% admit to driving while distracted.


Nova Scotia to crack down on distracted driving

January 23, 2015 by Allan Janssen

HALIFAX, NS – Higher fines and new demerit points – some of the strongest penalties in the country – come into effect Feb. 1.