June 15, 2006

CAA calls for restriction on electronic devices by novice drivers


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Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is calling on all provincial governments to legislate a restriction on the use of electronic devices by novice drivers in their graduated licensing programs. The devices include cell phones, MP3 players and wireless hand-held devices.

“This restriction is not an effort to punish novice drivers,” says David Flewelling, president of CAA, “rather, this is a measure to help them master their driving skills, while reducing distractions.”

According to a study released in April 2006 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction is responsible for as many as eight out of every ten crashes.

For more information on CAA’s call-to-action, visit www.caa.ca/driventodistraction.

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