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Distracted Driving Concerns Increase

Distracted driving is gaining the attention of law enforcement and insurers across Canada. The evidence is mounting on how dangerous this behaviour is.

In Manitoba, the RCMP and Manitoba Public Insurance are teaming up to provide additional enforcement of the laws against distracted driving. Here is a link to the article: http://www.ilstv.com/manitoba-public-insurance-and-police-focus-on-distracted-driving/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyNewsletter

In British Columbia, the RCMP have additional “eyes and ears” to help gather data on distracted driving. GIO’s Independent Director for B.C. and Yukon is a volunteer with Cowichan Community Policing and Crime Prevention. In this capacity she and other volunteers help to gather data that is shared with ICBC and the local detachment of the RCMP.  This data is included in ICBC’s “Cell Watch” program and becomes part of the information for articles such as the one linked below which identified distracted driving as the top cause of car crashes involving young drivers in B.C.

To review this article, visit www.icbc.com/news/2014mar12-03

Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Your Hands Upon the Wheel

A recent survey of 1,500 Canadians showed 84% saying that texting and driving should be a criminal offence. The survey revealed less dramatic numbers about other forms of distracted driving, but still a willingness to make the behaviour  criminal. Click on the following link to read the article:
http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/news/majority-of-canadians-in-poll-think-texting-while-driving-should-be-a-criminal-offence/1002967333/

In one province distracted driving has been identified as the number one cause of driving-related fatalities, surpassing both impaired diving and speeding. Click on the following link to read more about what the police found:
http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/news/distracted-driving-now-no-1-cause-of-fatalities-on-ontario-roads/1002942792/

March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada.

Fraud is a concern in all areas of financial services, including insurance. One of the best things consumers can do to protect themselves, is to be aware of how fraud can affect them.

Here are two ways:

1) Watch the Livecast of the 2014 Fraud Prevention Month Launch (February 27, 6-9 p.m.)

To kick off Fraud Prevention Month 2014, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Toronto Police and various other organizations will be holding an educational event on fraud prevention at St. Malachy Catholic School in Scarborough. The event will be livecast, and members of the public are encouraged to follow the #DontBeScammed hashtag on Twitter for updates about the event.

2) Participate in #Fraudchat

Talk about fraud, scams and things you can do to protect yourself by joining #fraudchat, a weekly Twitter chat that takes place every Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. eastern time. To join the conversation with your own personal questions or concerns, just follow the #fraudchat hashtag.

For those looking for further information about Fraud Awareness, the RCMP web site has added useful links and articles:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/news-nouvelles/2013/03-01-fpm-mpf-eng.htm

New Database for Consumer Protection

The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR) has just informed GIO about a new database containing the names of persons and firms disciplined within the insurance industry through the Canadian Insurance Regulators Disciplinary Actions (CIRDA).  The CCIR asked GIO and other organizations to spread the word about this new initiative intended to improve consumer protection.

The database can be seen at http://decisions.cisro-ocra.com/

Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to the new GIO Blog, where we will post insurance related information and links to articles that we hope will be helpful to you.

We recently posted our Annual Report for 2012-2013. This shows how we can help consumers, how we work, case studies and some very cool testimonials that we are proud of.

Check it out at https://www.giocanada.org/pdf/GIO_13_696_AnnualReport13_En-WEB.pdf