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Almost 2,000 Distracted Driving Tickets Issued In September

Vancouver police issued almost 2,000 tickets for distracted driving in September. According to CBC.ca, 1,969 tickets were written for drivers who used their cellphones while operating a vehicle.

Police are appealing to family members to help drive the point home that drivers need to put away their phones while driving. This is in addition to a recent campaign launched by the ICBC telling drivers to put down their phones in an effort to reduce the number of car accidents and injuries due to distracted driving.

Vancouver Police Sergeant Jason Robillard told the CBC that distracted driving has become the leading factor – more than alcohol or drugs – in driving accidents causing death or bodily harm in the city.

Reminders Prove Ineffective As Drivers Continue The Habit

The high number of distracted driving tickets issued confirms that cellphone use while behind the wheel is still a habit drivers cannot refrain from doing. This is habit occurs despite repeated messages and marketing campaigns telling drivers to put down their phones.

In one instance, police reported one driver earned more than $700 in fines and 8 demerit points in as little as 8 minutes for refusing to put down his phone.

What To Do If You Have Been Injured By A Distracted Driver

With the increase in distracted driving charges, it’s important to know what to do if you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver.

A personal injury lawyer can inform you about your rights and options, and help you pursue compensation that will adequately cover your injuries.

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