Recently released statistics from the Ontario Provincial Police tell us impaired driving continues to be a real problem with Ontario drivers.
In fact, the OPP report that 21 drivers were nailed for driving under the influence this past weekend alone , and let’s not forget that those 21 are the ones who were caught.
Who knows how many others were intoxicated and behind the wheel ?
As worrisome as those numbers are, police tell us that while driving under the influence continues to be a problem, the number one driving offence is now distracted driving, mostly texting and cell phone use while driving.
It makes you wonder if that car on the other side of the road , speeding toward you at 90 or 120 kilometres is drunk or stoned or even paying attention to their driving.
I see way too many of those roadside floral memorials on our highways and even on our city streets and I always wonder how many of those fatalities were caused by irresponsible drivers who never should have been behind the wheel.
In the discussion about public safety, let’s remember that more people are needlessly killed on Ontario highways than in any terrorist attack and most of them are caused by bad behavior by drivers and that is an even more clear and present danger to our safety.