LETTER: Hands off doesn’t mean safe

In the past year we have been informed that many of the highway deaths can be attributed to drivers using their cell phones while driving.

In the past year we have been informed that many of the highway deaths can be attributed to drivers using their cell phones while driving.

We have also seen many ads that exemplify what can happen when a driver uses her/his cell phone while driving. There is no doubt that it is a very dangerous distraction and laws have been passed by nearly all the provinces making this action illegal.

Imagine my surprise and anger that while watching CBC’s Fifth Estate I witnessed an advertisement extolling the benefits of using a hands off device for one’s cell phone thereby making their use safe.

Whether hands on or hands off the phone is a distraction when used by the driver. In the opinion of this writer the CBC should not be accepting these advertisements that seem to imply that using the device makes the use of the phone legal and safe.


Chuck Clarkson


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