ON THE ROAD
Hang up and
ICBC, Police have your
number, fatal phone distraction surpasses drunk driving crashes
Mar—03—2018 11:00PM PST
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
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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