Thornhill, Ontario – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) said that it is encouraged by an announcement by the Ontario government to introduce legislation that would address driver distraction by banning the use of hand-held cell phones and other devices while driving.

“We are happy to see that government is taking the right steps to keep our roads safer,” said Kris Barnier, CAA Provincial Affairs Specialist. “Our members have been raising safety concerns about the use of cell phones and other communication devices while driving for years, and it looks like our leaders are listening.”

CAA said that a majority of its members believe distraction associated with cell phones is greater than with any other distraction, and that research shows that the use of electronic portable devices while driving puts people at a considerable risk for a crash or fatality.

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