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ICBC, Police have your number, fatal phone distraction surpasses drunk driving crashes








rivers are still not getting the message that they’re five times more likely to crash if they’re using a handheld phone*. As a result, starting Monday, March 5, 2018, Coquitlam RCMP will be using special techniques for the launch of the local Distracted Driving Month campaign.

The exact nature of our strategy will not be shared in advance, but members of the media are invited to contact Corporal Michael McLaughlin to witness the techniques in action.

"When you are distracted you completely lose situational awareness", says Corporal Quentin Frewing with Coquitlam RCMP’s Traffic Section. "I once saw a driver looking at his phone while stopped at a light. As I walked to the front of his vehicle wearing my neon police jacket, the light behind me turned green. The driver looked right through me and started driving forward. I had to slam my hand on the hood of the car for him to realize there was a police officer standing in front of him"

"Safer roads start with every driver making a conscious decision to drive smart and distraction-free", says Kathleen Nadalin, local ICBC road safety coordinator. "Distracted driving now causes more fatalities on BC roads than impaired driving*. Simply letting calls go to voicemail, or programming your GPS before you start our journey, will make our roads safer".

For more information on distracted driving, and how we all have a responsibility to share the road safely, check the road safety section of the ICBC website.

Figures taken from ICBC’s 2016 statistics.




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