Last week Ford invited myself and some other bloggers to the RCMP barracks in Regina to an event hosted by the RCMP, SGI, and Ford (via their Capital Ford dealership) about the dangers of distracted driving.
After going to the closed course, we were joined by high school students from Regina who according to their media interviews, all drove while texting, surfing the web, and using social media and really saw nothing wrong with it. The problem with it is that distracted driving kills more people in Saskatchewan than driving under the influence and RCMP are finding more and more accident scenes where there are no skid marks people didn’t even brake.
They set up several stations. One was a closed course about driving while texting. That didn’t go so well. Surprisingly at another station, most people could not even eat and drive at the same time (which reinforced what several cops have told me over the years), and another one features people fixing their hair and putting on makeup while driving. The end result was there was pylons flying all over a course that was not that challenging.
What was scary was even as the kids got out of the cars and walked to their next station, what were they doing? Texting. It going to be a long road ahead if we are going to change this but it was a good start by Ford, SGI, and the RCMP in changing minds. Of course who do they learn this behaviour from? Their parents. While kids text on the phone, parents in Saskatchewan talk and drive on the phone (and we aren’t talking hands free either). It all needs to stop.
The RCMP also had a crime scene investigation display where they had their Dragonfly drones out on display (I really wanted to fly one) and had a couple of accident scenes set up. My only regret for the day was that I never asked the RCMP if I could test drive this.
How much fun would a high speed chase be on a RCMP tricycle? I could have taken on any mall cop in the greater Regina area.
I posted the rest of the photos from the day here.