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November 16, 2015

Leave the Phone Alone While Driving

According to The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), five people die in vehicle crashes on Canada’s roads every day. In BC, seven people die and 50 are hospitalized.

November 18, 2015 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. Every year, on the third Wednesday of November, Canadians remember these victims and their loved ones.

Sadly, most people are killed or seriously injured in avoidable crashes.

 How to Raise Road Crash Awareness

 Each year, advocacy groups and organizations committed to road safety in BC collaborate to raise awareness.

People who wish to join these groups on the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims should visit the Road Crash Victims website to get road safety posters, decals, safe driving tips, and virtual bouquets.

The website also has a “Tribute to Victims” page so friends and family members can honour the memory of a loved one.

CCMTA is raising road safety awareness by gathering road safety pledges on their Leave the Phone Alone site. The pledge states,

 I pledge to LEAVE THE PHONE ALONE while driving. From now on, I will avoid distractions caused by talking, texting or using a hand-held electronic device while behind the wheel of my vehicle.

There are 5,144 pledgers to date.

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Author - Michael Slater, QC

Michael Slater QC is the founding partner of Slater Vecchio. The majority of his practice is confined to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury cases.