Kanetix Sponsors First-of-its-Kind Distracted Driving Program in Ontario

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Impact Teen Drivers is a program that will bring distracted driving awareness education to teenagers in communities across Ontario

Toronto, ON (Nov. 12, 2014) – Kanetix is excited to support the launch of a first-of-its-kind anti-distracted driving training program in Ontario. Brought forth by non-profit organization Teens Learn to Drive, the Impact Teen Drivers program speaks directly to the people responsible for educating teenagers on matters of safe and attentive driving practices – from police officers, to public health workers and non-profit organizations, to driving instructors and teachers.

“It’s really important that we continue to bring forward this message that distracted driving is incredibly dangerous – even though you’re an excellent texter, even though you’ve been drinking coffee for the last 10 years while you drive,” said Anne Marie Hayes, founder of Teens Learn to Drive. “All it takes is one mistake and it can change your life – or end it.”

As part of its #DistractedToDeath campaign, Kanetix donated $1 for every pledge taken to not drive distracted to help bring Impact Teen Drivers to Canada. Founded by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, the California Casualty Management Company, and the California Teachers Association, Impact Teen Driving was launched in 2007. It has since become America’s leading distracted driving education and awareness resource and is available in 28 states.

“It has been really successful in the States and this is the first time it’s been brought to Canada. Without Kanetix, it wouldn’t have been possible,” Hayes said.

Distracted driving is quickly becoming the number one killer on the roads, surpassing both speeding and impairment related fatalities.

“We all have a responsibility to teach young drivers about safe driving practices and ways to avoid being distracted at the wheel,” said Andrew Lo, Kanetix’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our mission at Kanetix is to help make the roads safer for everyone, whether you’re 17 or 70. By starting with young and new drivers, we hope to help instil attentive driving practices from day one.”

The one-day training event will take place on November 12 in Mississauga. It will feature close to 75 participants from across Ontario and the GTA – from injury prevention specialists to OPP officers – who will take the training back to their communities and implement it in distracted driving related programming.

For more information on distracted driving visit www.distractedtodeath.com.

About Kanetix

Launched in October 1999, Kanetix was Canada’s first online insurance quotes marketplace and today provides over a million quotes per year to consumers looking for lower insurance rates, as well as comparisons for mortgage rates and credit cards.

The Kanetix comparison service is a one-stop shopping environment for consumers. Each day, thousands visit the Kanetix website at www.Kanetix.ca to comparison shop their various financial needs. Shoppers choose what they want to compare, obtain a quotation and complete an online application or, with the help of Kanetix connect with the provider to purchase or apply for the product over the phone.

Through its Software as a Service team, Kanetix is also the leading provider of online insurance quotation technology, developing online quotation systems, mobile solutions, actuarial tools and websites for many of Canada’s largest insurance brands.

About Teens Learn to Drive

Teens Learn to Drive is an Ontario non-profit corporation that is dedicated to saving the lives of teens and young adults through driver education and training. For more information about Teens Learn to Drive, visit TeensLearntoDrive.com.

SOURCE: Kanetix