One year later - has B.C.'s distracted driving law made our roads safer?

BCAA conducts poll to find out if the law banning hand-held phones and texting while driving has resulted in better drivers and safer roads

BURNABY, BC, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - B.C.'s ban on hand-held cell phone use and texting while driving has now been in place for a year. Are you abiding by the law? What do you see other drivers doing? Is the law being adequately enforced? Do you think the law has made our roads safer? These questions and others are being put to drivers in an online survey conducted this month by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). The survey is open to all B.C. drivers on BCAA's website, BCAA.com, is anonymous and takes about five minutes to complete.

"In a previous survey conducted at the six-month mark, we learned that most drivers were aware of the new law and were complying with it," said Trace Acres, BCAA's director of corporate communications and public affairs. "What we want to find out now is if compliance is increasing or if drivers are slipping back into their old habits. We also want to know if drivers feel the law has improved their own driving, along with the effect it has had on road safety generally."

BCAA's distracted driving survey in July 2010 attracted over 7,500 participants, with over half saying that, before the law, they talked on a hand-held phone while driving, regularly or occasionally. Of those, 21 per cent said they had since switched to using a hands-free device; 35 per cent said they now pull over and stop to make or take their call; and 28 per cent said they had stopped using a phone while driving altogether. Six percent said they were continuing to take and make calls on a hand-held phone, in spite of the law.

The current survey will be open until January 20th, with results reported near the end of the month.

About BCAA
BCAA is committed to building a reputation for trust, friendliness and helpfulness as it meets the automotive, road travel and insurance needs of Members and Customers throughout B.C. and the Yukon. With over 100 years experience and gross annual sales of nearly $400 million, a BCAA Membership card can be found in the wallets of over 790,000 British Columbians and in one-in-four B.C. households. BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C. and has received national recognition for its home insurance customer service and employee engagement. To learn more about BCAA's products, services and member advocacy, visit www.bcaa.com. For more information on the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation visit www.tsfbcaa.com.

SOURCE British Columbia Automobile Association

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Or to request an interview, please contact:

Trace Acres
BCAA Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Office: 604-268-5029 (M-F between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Cell: 604-788-3753
Email: trace.acres@bcaa.com

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