More than 1200 violations in past year, according to Justice and Public Safety

Distracted driving continues to be a concern in New Brunswick, with violations remaining steady at more than 1200 per year. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, three out of every four drivers admit to distracted driving, and chances of an accident in those cases are 23 times more likely. New discussions around distracted driving were prompted by Quebec Transport Minister Laurent Lessard, who announced he would call on Ottawa to study this issue to determine if it should be criminalized.

Tom Levesque of the Insurance Bureau of Canada said it’s a growing habit that requires education and awareness, something he works with government and law enforcement to implement. Chantal Farrah of the RCMP wouldn’t comment on the law, but said people should make safe choices, regardless of the punishment. “We all have a part to play to keep our province safe,” she said. “Driving is a privilege and not a right.”

By Jill English, CBC News