Using mobile devices (emailing, talking, texting and surfing the web) while driving has been banned since October 2009. If a police officer catches performing any of these actions than one could face a fine of at least $500.
At the initial times there was an overwhelming 90 percent approval rate in support of the ban from Ontario drivers.
Three years later the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has released Community Satisfaction Survey 2012 with some interesting statistics on the use of mobile device while driving.
According to the report, 89.9 percent of respondents (surveyed 1,000 people over the phone) said they were not at all likely (I Never Do It) or not very likely (I Rarely Do It) to use mobiles while driving.
Furthermore the OPP report reveals that 65.9 percent of Ontario drivers say they never use their mobile device while driving. 24 percent rarely use the device, 7.2 percent do it occasionally and only 2.9 percent use it all the time.
In addition to the report statistics, men are more likely to use hand-held device (cell phones) while driving than women.
For the last three years there have been no official reports about the number of cases in which the police apprehended drivers using mobile devices
The report also states that around 64.2 percent of respondents (including men and women) were very satisfied or satisfied with the OPP's enforcement of distracted driving laws.
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