A recent tweet by the Richmond RCMP has gained a lot of attention over the past week. The tweet consists of a picture of an individual’s driving record with 12 distracted driving infractions since 2011. The driver has now received two more distracted driving tickets in just 10 days.
Distracted driving is a serious concern. It is one of the leading causes of car crash fatalities in BC. ICBC estimates that distracted driving is responsible for one quarter of all fatal crashes in BC.
The BC Government estimates that 9,500 drivers use a handheld device while driving and 40% of those drivers text behind the wheel. The police say that distracted drivers kill over 80 people every year in B.C.
Here is how to avoid causing or becoming a fatality:
- Allow phone calls to go to voicemail.
- Pull over to make or receive a call, including emergency calls.
- Assign a designated texter.
- If you need to use a GPS, plan your route before departure and make sure your GPS is hands free.
- New driver? You are not allowed to use any electronic device behind the wheel even if it is hands free.
Join the movement #LeaveYourPhoneAlone.
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