Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau’s announcement about mandatory back up cameras for new cars is a good first step, but it should be part of a more intense discussion about road safety.
Let’s have an honest and frank discussion about the number one cause of traffic fatalities in Canada, namely, distracted driving.
Since Garneau was talking about mandatory safety features on cars, why not a conversation about using technology to prevent the use of cell phones in vehicles ?
The technology exists , and I know it may sound extreme, but we have to admit that the current system of dealing with distracted driving simply isn’t working.
Thousands of people are killed each year because of distracted driving and thousands more suffer life-changing injuries.
A few months ago Canada’s Attorneys- General refused to consider making distracted driving a criminal code offence, instead suggesting that the current system of fines and suspensions was sufficient.
I’m sure there would be a push back from civil libertarians who feel that their rights are being trampled on, but let’s be realistic.
No one has the right to put other lives at risk with dangerous behavior and that’s exactly what distracted driving is.
It’s a matter of public safety and the governments need to step up.