Majority of Canadians Support Distracted Walking Ban
Prince George, B.C. – A new online survey shows most Canadians would support a distracted walking ban.
Insights Wests’ national sample showed two thirds of Canadians (66%) support their own municipality enacting distracted walking legislation, including 80% of Canadians aged 55 and over and 74% of Quebecers.
Some Canadian municipalities are considering distracted walking legislation that would forbid the use of hand-held cell phones by people who are on a roadway (for example, while crossing the street).
For example, last July Toronto City Council passed a motion calling for the Province of Ontario to amend the Highway Traffic Act to ban citizens from using cell pones “while on any travelled portion of a roadway.” Two Vancouver city councillors have also voiced support for a ban.
Locally, Prince George City Councillor Brian Skakun says he would oppose such a ban noting “I’m not sure how you would enforce it.”
The survey also showed that while 93% of Canadians agree with distracted driving laws, only 51% say they have been effective.
“Canadians are definitely happy with the existence of distracted driving legislation, yet they continue to see drivers using hand-held devices with no consequences,” says Mario Canseco, vice-president public affairs, at Insights West. “It is this perceived failure of enforcement that is making Canadians question the effectiveness of the law.”