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.


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DV: opening with grey van driving past camera
A: Sound of vehicle approaching and passing, music and road noise in background

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DV: Driver sitting in vehicle, text message comes in, driver picks up phone and begins scolling
A: ding sound of text message

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DV: view of driver from outside looking in front window, driver looking at cellphone. Drops phone, grabs steering wheel and begins to drive ahead after hearing honk.
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DV: Police car with red and blue lights is stopped behind the grey van. Police officer wearing a black face mask approaches van on foot.
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DV: police officer gives driver a blue piece of paper then walks away
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DV: police officer with ticket book in hand standing in front of police vehicle
V: Just gave that driver a ticket for distracted driving. $368 fine. It's pretty hefty - but it could have been worse. Every year in B.C., on average, 76 people die in distracted driving related crashes.
When you drive, leave the phone alone.

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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.

Released by

Cpl. Ian Henderson

Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-4747
Cell: 604-765-4528

Email: richmond_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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