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.
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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