Police and ICBC launch new province-wide campaign to combat distracted driving

Following the recent introduction of tougher penalties for distracted driving,
ICBC, the province and police across B.C. are launching a new month-long campaign.
Distracted driving is now responsible for about a quarter of all fatal crashes in B.C.
Police will be ramping up their enforcement and “cell watch” volunteers
will be along the sides of roads reminding drivers to leave their
phones alone, according to a statement from ICBC. At community events, ICBC will have
road safety coordinators who will invite people to try a driving simulation that demonstrates how using a cellphone can affect one’s ability to drive safely. “Plan ahead, make calls and send messages before you get into your car,” said Delta
police Chief Neil Dubord, chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP)
Traffic Safety Committee (TSC).” “Turn off your cell
phones and electronic devices before you start driving, and keep
your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.” The B.C. government raised the penalties for distracted driving on June 1. First-time offenders now receive a $368
ticket, more than double the previous fine of $167.


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