By Sarah Klein
Despite laws forbidding texting and driving behind the wheel, teens and parents still do it, according to a new survey commissioned by Ford Canada.
In Manitoba, Ford found 67% of teens and 69% of parents of teens admitted to using handheld technology, such as talking on a handheld phone or texting while behind the wheel compared to national results of 72% of teens and 67% of parents.
Nationally, nearly all teens (93%) and their parents (97%) admitted to having engaged in some form of distracted driving.
The survey also found riskier behaviours increase as teens age. New drivers, those 16- to 17-years-old, are more likely to say they follow all of the rules of the road compared to those aged 18 to 19 (71% vs. 48%).
The penalty if caught using your phone while driving in Manitoba is $199.80 and two demerits.