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Aviva Canada applauds Private Member's Bill to address distracted driving

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Toronto, ON (Mar. 10, 2017) – Aviva Canada applauds Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli during the Second Reading of a bill to combat distracted driving through the creation of designated 'safe texting zones.'

Aviva Canada is a leading property and casualty company providing coverage for over one million Ontario vehicles. We know firsthand the toll distracted driving has on our customers and we're supportive of measures to address this serious issue.

"Distracted driving deaths have surpassed impaired driving deaths. There is such a stigma with impaired driving, but texting and driving is still relatively socially acceptable," said Karin Ots, Senior Vice-President, Regulatory and Government Relations at Aviva Canada. "It's unacceptable and accounts for approximately 25% of all fatal accidents. We are hopeful that safe texting zones will encourage more responsible behaviour."

MPP Vic Fedeli's private member's bill calling for the creation of safe texting zones is another step in reducing distracted driving and emphasizing the horrific results of this selfish action.

"We thank MPP Fedeli for this bill, and urge the Government of Ontario to adopt this legislation as it will help make roads safer for all Ontarians," concluded Ots.

About Aviva Canada

Aviva Canada is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in the country, providing home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 4,000 employees focused on creating a bright and sustainable future for our customers and our communities.

Aviva Canada invests in positive change through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada's longest running online community funding competition. Since its inception in 2009, the Aviva Community Fund has awarded $7.5 million to over 250 charities and community groups nationwide. Aviva Canada, bringing over 300 years of good thinking and insurance solutions to Canadians from coast to coast.

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SOURCE: Aviva Canada Inc.

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