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Fergus Home Show 2018

Safe Communities Wellington County shared a booth with the Ontario Provincial Police at the Fergus Lions Home Show.  We launched our #Every30Minutes campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of Distracted Driving.  With help from our amazing student volunteers, and Good Neighbor Medical, we created distracted driving scenarios #Every30Minutes throughout The Show.

In Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000. One person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every half hour. During our first #Every30minutes Distracted Driving Media Campaign, Safe Communities Wellington County wants the residents of Wellington County to start talking about the dangers of distracted driving and what they can do to prevent these injuries and collisions from happening.

Key Messages

  • One Injury Every 30 Minutes.  Every 30 minutes a person is injured by a distracted driver on our roads. That one person could be your mother, your father, your sister, your brother. One injury or fatality is too much.
  • Texting is like driving blindfolded.  Research shows that texting behind the wheel is equivalent to driving with your eyes closed for almost five seconds. You will drive the length of a football field if you are going 60km/h.
  • Reduce the temptation of texting by keeping your phone out of reach. It could save your life. You Can’t Multitask While You Drive.
  • A driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road. If a driver is, actually, writing a text, he/she is 23 times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road.
  • Texting is not the only Distraction.  Other activities like eating, reading or typing a destination into a GPS are also dangerous when you’re behind the wheel.  Speak Up to Stop Distracted Driving!
  • Multitasking behind the wheel is dangerous- stay focused on the road and ask your passengers to help you do so. Young passengers have the power of prevention. 96% of drivers would stop driving distracted, if a passenger asked them to.

Updated October 17, 2018