The Road to Destruction is paved with Distraction

B.C., Traffic Services

2017-09-07 15:26 PDT

Did you know that distracted driving is responsible for more than a quarter of all car crash fatalities in BC?

Imagine sending your loved one a text saying you are on your way but you never make it home. On average, every year 78 people die in fatal motor vehicle collisions because a driver was not paying attention.

No one wants to believe that a few seconds of inattention could be the cause of taking a life, but it happens. Collisions caused by a distracted driver are preventable says Cst. Melissa Wutke of BC RCMP Traffic Services. Every second matters when you are driving.

BC RCMP Traffic Services is reminding drivers to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Distracted driving is not only using an electronic device but other distractions; such as, personal grooming, eating/drinking, reading, pets, other passengers and not knowing where you are going can cause your trip to end in tragedy.

Police across the Province are stepping up distracted driving enforcement. The fines for distracted driving is $368.00 for using an electronic device or for driving without due care. The penalty points range from 4 to 6. Being responsible for seriously injuring or killing someone has a far greater impact than a fine and/or increase your insurance. Remember this when you get behind the wheel, added Cst. Wutke.

The most important thing you can do when you get behind the wheel of your vehicle is think about and practice safety first, said Cst. Wutke.

If you are not committed to putting your phone in the trunk, there are a few new tools to end the temptation to use your phone while driving. Search distracted driving Apps and consider using one to help you leave your phone alone. Getting to your destination safely-there’s an App for that!

Fatal and serious injury motor vehicle collisions due to distracted driving are preventable and your local police will be doing their part to remind you of this.

September is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Police across the Province will be conducting enhanced distracted driving enforcement in your area.

For more information on how you can be safe behind the wheel, visit BC.RCMP.CA/road safety and icbc.com/road-safety.

Released by

Cst. Melissa Wutke

Training and Media Coordinator
E Division Traffic Services
Mailstop #804, 14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey BC V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-2845
Fax: 778-290-6071

Email: melissa.wutke@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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