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Dude, put down UR phone

Dude, put down UR phone

Fifty-nine percent of Canadian millennials have asked a driver to stop using their mobile device while being a passenger in their car, according to survey results released Wednesday by The Travelers Institute based in Washington, D.C.

The public policy division of Travelers Cos. Inc. surveyed 948 Canadian drivers ages 18 and older and found that younger people are leading the charge against distracted driving, according to a statement.

The survey found that overall 42% of respondents have asked a driver to stop using their mobile device. Millennials, ages 18 to 34, were the top protesters, scoring 18-plus percentage points ahead of other age groups: 41% of respondents between the ages of 35 and 44 and 45 % of respondents ages 45 to 54 said they have asked a person to stop talking or texting and driving.

Those 55 and older seem the less proactive, with 30% of respondents in that age group protesting the use of mobile devices by drivers.

“It is particularly compelling — and encouraging — to see that the demographic most comfortable with asking a driver to put down their mobile device is Canadian youth,” said Jordan Solway, group general counsel and vice president of claims at Travelers Canada, in a statement. “Distracted driving is a deadly habit, and we should all be advocates when it comes to speaking up about its dangers and our safety.”




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