Distracted Driving Kills - Leave Your Phone Alone
2022-03-01 12:55 PST
March is distracted driving awareness month and Richmond RCMP is joining forces with ICBC to step-up their enforcement and awareness campaigns for the entire month.
The use of hand-held personal electronic devices while driving has been banned in British Columbia since 2010, and drivers who are caught using electronic devices while driving are subject to a fine of $368. Still, each year in B.C. an average of 76 people are killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
According to ICBC, distracted driving accounts for more than one-quarter of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in the province. Recent studies have also found that as many as 40% of B.C. drivers admit to using their cell phone while driving.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 years since police first began enforcing distracted driving laws in B.C., and still 4 out of every 10 drivers aren’t getting the message, says Corporal Ian Henderson of the Richmond RCMP.
Distracted driving crashes kill and they are completely avoidable. When you drive, leave your phone alone, says Henderson.
During the month of March, Richmond RCMP officers and volunteers will join ICBC staff in a month long, citywide campaign aimed at driving home this message through awareness and enforcement.
To learn more about distracted driving related crashes, check out the ICBC website.
Cpl. Ian HendersonMedia Relations Officer
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
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