The province is looking into putting up signs on highways to alert drivers about upcoming areas where they can safely pull over to text or check their emails.
All three political parties voted in favour for a second reading of a private member’s bill from Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli to create safe texting zones.
Fedeli stated that signs on highways would inform passing drivers of areas that they could safely pull off the road to check their smartphones and tablets. The signs would provide information on the 185 existing areas including: commuter parking lots, transit stations and rest stops.
Fedeli claimed that the idea came to him while driving through Pennsylvania and New York. He stated that he witnessed signs in both states promoting safe texting zones without requiring new infrastructure.
He argued that increased fines are not enough to prevent distracted driving and that safe texting zones can help educate motorists about the dangers of texting behind the wheel.
In March, the Ontario Provincial Police reported that distracted driving was the leading cause of deaths on provincial highways than any other factor for the third consecutive year.
Police stated that approximately 69 deaths on roadways in 2015 were due to distracted motorists.