Leave the Phone Alone

No text is worth your life or that of others.  

Watch real life stories about the consequences of distracted driving


As a driver, it's your responsibility to focus on driving so that you can react to changing road conditions. TRY this activity and see first hand how texting affects your ability to focus on driving.

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Leave the Phone Alone school kit

The Leave the Phone Alone (LTPA) distracted driving education kits are available to schools in the city of Ottawa.

Some alarming facts about texting and driving:

  • Between 2009 and 2013, there were over 6300 injuries and 18 fatalities in Ottawa in which distracted driving was a contributing factor.
  • In comparision to an attentive driver, a texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.  For drivers talking on cell phones, the risk is four times greater.
  • It takes an attentive driver 1.5 seconds to react to a situation on the roadway.  When drivers are distracted, reaction time is doubled. 
  • Multitasking is a myth! According to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, texting, driving and talking are all thinking tasks.  Our brains switch between tasks, so no one is able to do two thinking tasks at the same time, regardless of driving experience. 
  • The age group most at risk is drivers between 16 and 29. 
  • The Ontario Provincial Police estimates that by 2016, injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving in our Province will surpass those caused by impaired driving.
  • In the 2013 Ontario Student Drug and Health Survey, 43% of drivers in grade 12 admit to texting behind the wheel 
  • 37% of teens report being a passenger in a car with a parent who was talking on a cell phone
  • 23% reported being a passenger in a car with a parent who was texting while driving

Everyone can prevent texting and driving.

  • Put your phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat, so you aren't tempted to use it.
  • Turn your phone off.
  • Safely pull over to the shoulder of the road or a parking lot before using the phone.
  • As a passenger, remind the driver to focus on their driving if they reach for the phone - take responsibility for your safety.
  • Ensure the person you are contacting is not engaged in driving. If they are, tell them to call you back when it is safe to do so.
  • Help promote safe driving by sharing this page with your friends and family.

Leave the Phone Alone Resources 


Driving distracted is unsafe (8m 41s)

Featuring personal stories of real people impacted by distracted driving.

Leave the Phone Alone (2m 25s)

Explain the dangers of distracted driving to kids under 12.