Ounce of Prevention

Distracted Driving

We are a bit late in posting this…but the message is relevant all year round!

As we drift into the summer months and take to the open road let’s remember iconic Doors frontman Jim Morrison who was not only a legendary lyricist but an injury prevention visionary when he penned the words: “keep yours eyes on the road your hands upon the wheel”. Ontario’s ban on the use of hand-held devices while driving took effect on October 26, 2009, yet we all continue to see drivers using mobile devices to talk, text or email.

Motor vehicle collisions account for a majority of patients who are brought to the Tory Regional Trauma Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre each year and contribute significantly to the economic burden of injury. Driving is a complex task that requires the driver’s full attention every time they get behind the wheel no matter how long they have been driving or how familiar they are with their surroundings. The evidence speaks for itself: drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to be in a collision than a driver who is focused on the road. Injuries are preventable and predictable so let’s do our part to reduce injury and model healthy choices for our friends, family and colleagues.

For more safety tips please visit:

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/distracted-driving/index.shtml

Visit sunnybrook.ca/labourday and tweet your own tips with the hashtag #SafeLabourDayChoices to spread awareness about injury prevention this weekend.

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