Distracted driving has come to rival impaired driving as a threat to road safety, forcing police to tackle it just as aggressively.
That means cracking down on the use of mobile phones for talking and texting. There are plenty of other distractions, such as eating or fiddling with the stereo, but U.S. data suggest more than a fifth of all auto collisions involve the use of phones.
B.C. police data on distracted driving between 2008 and 2011 found it was the third leading cause of fatal accidents, averaging 91 deaths a year.
Texting is considered especially hazardous, with drivers taking their eyes of the road for at least five seconds at a time.
Alberta, which according to Transport Canada has the highest percentage of observed driver cell phone use in Canada, is taking a blunt approach, rolling out a new awareness and enforcement campaign provocatively called "Crotches Kill."
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