ICBC Looks for Info on Technology to Prevent Distracted Driving
Prince George, B.C. – ICBC has issued a Request for Information on technology that could be used to reduce or eliminate distracted driving.
According to B.C. statistics, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of car crash fatalities in the province. Last month, police forces across B.C. took part in a crackdown on distracted drivers, and 16 drivers in Prince George received tickets for using their phones while behind the wheel.
“We understand the temptations of glancing at a ringing phone or received text message while on the road” says ICBC President and CEO Mark Blucher, “So we’re exploring every option to prevent distracted driving. ICBC’s rates are under considerable pressure from a significant increase in crashes and we’re doing all we can to keep people safe and rates as low as possible.”
The request for Information is now on BC BID, and calls for information that would help ICBC better understand what technologies are available to limit or prevent distracted driving involving the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs), such as smartphones, music players and portable GPS devices.
The bid also wants information that would detail the limitations of the technologies, how they integrate with other in-vehicle or portable technologies, what data is collected, types of reports that might be available, how data is stored and/or destroyed, and if the technology may have other capabilities such as tracking speed or hard braking.