Distracted Driving – More than Being on Your Phone
Prince George, B.C. – ICBC has presented the City of Prince George with a plaque recognizing the City’s role in trying to reduce distracted driving in the North.The City has added special decals to more than a 100 vehicles to remind staff not to use electronic devices while driving. “It’s an opportunity for people to start a conversation when they ask what the decals are all about” says ICBC’s Doug MacDonald.
In his presentation to Prince George City Council,MacDonald detailed a variety of distractions which have played a role in collisions in this Province:
When a driver is distracted, their reaction time is slower. Most rear-end collisions resulting in injury, are caused by distracted drivers.
Some quick facts:
- You are 5 times more likely to crash your vehicle if you are on your phone
- On average 81 people die every year in B.C. in crashes where distracted driving is a contributing factor
- Distracted driving is responsible for about 27% of all fatal car crashes in B.C.
A recent survey indicated 90% of B.C. drivers rate texting while driving as being more risky than drinking and driving.
Despite the amount of education and the increases in fines, MacDonald says distracted driving is still on the rise.