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Crack down on distracted driving aims to reduce car accidents

The end of September's "Distracted Driving Awareness Month" does not mean a end to enforcement and education on the issue. Part of the campaign from the Insurance Corporation of British Colubmia (ICBC) includes working with local police forces to enforce laws governing the use of cell phones and minimizing other distractions on the road. One such crack down took place on September 28, when West Shore RCMP conducted a distracted driving blitz. Law enforcement hopes that their attention to the issue will reduce car accidents resulting from distracted driving.

The September 28th blitz was a planned collaboration between the Capital Regional District's integrated road safety unit and the West Shore RCMP's traffic unit. Their concerns stem from the current statistics around distracted driving. Numbers show that distractions cause more fatal car accidents than impaired driving in British Columbia, with eight people being killed on average due to the activity on Vancouver Island each year.

Most infractions occur when people often slow down to check their phones at intersections. While some may think this is legal, anyone behind the wheel seen checking their phone can receive a $368 fine and four points. After multiple infractions, a license can be revoked.

Although cell phones are a fairly new threat on the roads, distracted driving from the use of technology falls under category of driving without due care under the Motor Vehicle Act. Keeping all attention on the road while behind the wheel can help British Columbia residents avoid car accidents. Those who have been in an accident caused by distracted driving should contact a lawyer to understand their options.

Source: bclocalnews.com, "West Shore RCMP, ICBC continue to enforce distracted driving law", Oct. 2, 2017

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