Positive ticket campaign comes to North Van high schools
2021-09-16 09:21 PDT
North Vancouver RCMP and ICBC are continuing their positive ticketing campaign this week, aiming to reach high school students during their commute to and from school. "We're going to surprise some of them, I think," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "Usually, when a police officer walks up to your car, you expect something negative, like getting a ticket," he said. "But with this campaign the tickets we're giving are all positive, and they're for doing the right things like wearing a seatbelt or using a turn signal."
Click here for higher resolution photo of Inspector Kassam giving positive ticket to teen driver
The tickets, which are part of an ongoing partnership the RCMP has with ICBC and the North Vancouver School District to make North Van roads safer, aren’t just a token. Teens who are observed following the rules of the road, or making safe choices about phones and driving, will receive coupons for free slushies, ice cream cones, and other treats.
The initiative is aimed at reinforcing positive behaviours as part of the Detachment’s effort to improve road safety for students travelling to and from school.
"Do you have your "N" sign up? We'll give you a positive ticket for that," said Sgt. DeVries. "Have you made sure your phone is out of reach? You get a positive ticket. One of our top priorities in North Vancouver is to continue to ensure our roads are safe for everyone," said Sgt. DeVries. "New drivers are still learning to manage the many skills required to be a safe and careful driver, and we want to reinforce the good habits they're starting to develop."
Click here for higher resolution photo of a police officer giving a positive ticket to a teenager riding on a bike
School parking lots offer a ready-made opportunity to meet novice drivers, he said. "Most students driving to high school are going to be new or learner drivers," said DeVries. "If we can grab their attention, do something a little unexpected and fun, we hope it will create a lasting impression."
Positive tickets have the added benefit of fostering positive relationships with the police, said DeVries. "We want to build positive relationships with young people because we know it helps reduce the likelihood of negative behaviours in adulthood."
Did you know?
If you have a Learner's (L) or Novice (N) licence, you aren't allowed to use any electronic devices (like an iPod or GPS) behind the wheel, for any purpose, even in hands-free mode (except to call 9-1-1).
Simple tips for new drivers to prevent distracted driving:
- Leave the phone alone, even at a red light. so important it's worth risking your life or the lives of others.
- Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving.
- Turn your phone to silent and keep it out of reach and out of sight, or turn on "Do Not Disturb While Driving" features.
- Assign a designated texter. Ask your passengers to make or receive calls and texts for you.
- Know the laws on distracted driving, and follow them.
Distract driving in BC Infographics
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Statistics from ICBC
- Unsafe choices associated with driving and being a passenger in a vehicle remain the top risks to the lives and health of youth
- On average, 28 youths, ages 16 to 21, are killed in crashes every year in B.C.
- On average, ten youths are killed in crashes every year in the Lower Mainland
Detailed descriptions of Distracted Driving in BC Infographics
Distracted driving in BC
- 78 people, on average, die every year in crashes where distracted driving is a contributing factor.
- Distracted driving is responsible for more than one quarter (27 per cent) of all car crash fatalities in BC
- When you're distracted, you react slower. Most rear-end crashes resulting in injury involve distracted drivers.
Did you know?
- There are many types of distractions, but one of the most common is the use of personal electronic devices.
- Studies show that when drivers use a hand-held device, their visual attention is reduced by about half.
- "You're five times more likely to crash if you're on your phone" - source: insurance Institute for Highway Safety
- "Ninety-three per cent of BC drivers believe it is highly risky to text while driving, including 73 per cent categorizing this behaviour as "extremely risky"." - source: Distracted Driving Study Ipsos May 2021
- "40 per cent of BC drivers admit to using their phone at least some of the time while driving" - source: Distracted Driving Study Ipsos May 2021
- The use of hand-held personal electronic devices while driving has been banned in BC since 2010.
- The law also applies while you're stopped at a red light or slowed in traffic.
- The penalty for one distracted driving ticket is the fine and four penalty points for one distracted driving ticket.
- If you have your L or N, you're are not allowed to use any personal electronic devices, even with a hands-free system.
#EyesFwdBC and #LeaveYourPhoneAlone
Focus on the road and your driving. Avoid distractions, especially those associated with electronic devices and display screens.
Make sure your hands-free device can be activated or deactivated with a single touch and is in a fixed location.
Sgt. Peter DeVriesMedia Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
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