Crackdown on Distracted Driving this Month
Prince George, B.C. – ICBC, the provincial government and police are joining forces across the province this month to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
Despite more education and tougher penalties, ICBC says distracted driving still contributes to more than one quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C. with an average of 78 people killed each year.
Alarmingly, ICBC says a recent Ipsos Reid poll it commissioned, showed that though most drivers believe distracted driving leads to an increase in crashes – nearly 40 per cent still admit to using their devices at least some of the time while driving.
ICBC, police and volunteers are responding by planning more enforcement deployments across the province with over 70 police enforcement events and over 50 Cell Watch formations with volunteers this month.
Every year on average, ICBC says 14 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in North Central B.C.