In 2018 Society Against Distracted Drivers will focus on education and public safety to reduce incidents in The East Kootenay region of BC caused by distracted drivers.
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More than 800 crashes occur every day in B.C., many of these caused by distracted driving.
Police statistics show that more than a quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C. in the last five years (2011 to 2015) were related to distracted driving.
making distracted driving the second-leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities in B.C.
It can wait. No call or text is worth risking your life.
Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving.
Pull over in a safe place to make or receive a call.
Stay focused on the road!.
A hands-free device means a Bluetooth or wired headset or speakerphone. The device cannot be in your lap or loose on the seat beside you. The device must be securely fastened to the vehicle to be legal.
Distracted driving includes more than using a cell phone. Anything that takes your attention from your surroundings such as; eating, applying makeup, making music selections, operating a GPS or attending to children all count as distracted driving.
New drivers are banned from using electronic devices while driving all together. If your licence status is “N” (New Driver) of “L” (Learner) you cannot operate electronic devices while in control of a motor vehicle including GPS systems. You may however call 911 in an emergency only if you are parked safely off of the road.
A Cranbrook man in his twenties (we will call him Brandon as his case is not settled) has had his life changed for the worst.
Brandon was stopped at a red light when his vehicle was rear ended by a distracted driver.
Brandon was working as an apprentice tradesman and enrolled in trade school.
Since the accident Brandon cannot work or go to school to continue with his trade training.
“This puts my life on hold and is causing great stress as my future that I had planned is now uncertain. I don’t know when or if I will be able to return to a normal life, all because someone carelessly took their eyes off the road for a few seconds. It was needless and preventable” Brandon said.
Have you or a loved one had a bad experience due to a distratced driver?
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