Distracted driving is the second highest leading cause of car crash fatalities in BC. The first is speeding, and the third is drunk driving.
And if that doesn’t scare you, perhaps the fines will. According to the ministry of justice, the fine is $167 plus three points. Some argue it should be higher. Way higher.
ICBC has these seven suggestions.
Tips for safe mobile phone use
- Leave your phone alone. No call or text is worth risking your life or others. Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving. (SPN ED: Suggestion, put the phone in your trunk!)
- Pull over to make or receive a call. If you have to take a call, pull over if it’s safe to do so or use your phone in hands-free mode; stay focused on the road and keep the conversation brief.
- Plan to avoid distraction. Turn your cellphone off or place it in the trunk of your car so you won’t be tempted to talk, email or text when you’re on the road.
- Assign a designated texter. Ask your passengers to make or receive calls and texts for you.
- Keep your hands off. Hands-free means a Bluetooth or wired headset or speakerphone. If you’re using a headset or headphones, remember that drivers can only wear them in one ear.
- New driver? If you have a Learners or Novice licence, you aren’t allowed to use any electronic device behind the wheel, including hands-free headsets or speakerphones.
- Check the facts. Make sure you understand the law, review the facts about distracted driving and learn the rules around using your mobile device in a vehicle.
- RCMP Video on Youtube (above)
- BC RCMP on Facebook
- Ministry of Justice, on distracted driving
- ICBC Distracted Driving article
- ICBC Commercial (below)