Although Ontario law prohibits texting while driving, it still happens. We have all seen people behind the wheel driving and texting on their smart phone. There is no doubt that it is tempting to read and respond to messages while driving, particularly over a long commute in Toronto and the GTA. Reminding your teen drivers that the text message can wait may not always be enough. Despite how responsible your child may be, mistakes can happen. In the case of texting while driving, the mistake can have catastrophic consequences, which should not be underestimated. As an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have seen many devastating accidents that have resulted because of distracted driving.
These days, it seems as though there is an app for just about everything. So, it is not surprising that there are apps available for disabling the text and email features on cell phones while driving. These apps have the potential to save lives, and should be considered by parents with a teen driver. Although I am sure there are many such apps available, I have listed below only a couple that I recently came across.
The above-listed apps seem promising, but you should do your own research on the various apps available. Again, I would strongly encourage anyone with a teenage driver in the household to consider a program to disable texting and email while driving.
If you need any further motivation, you can check out the many youtube videos of people sharing their stories of tragedy as a result of an accident caused by texting while driving. The video below was prepared by AT&T, and it provides a compelling reminder of the dangers of texting while driving.
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Andrew Iacobelli is an Ontario lawyer that restricts his practice to representing personal injury victims and their families. Andrew is the founder of Iacobelli Law Firm.