BURNABY, BC, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Distracted driving is still a serious
problem on B.C.'s roads despite the institution of new laws a year ago
banning the use of handheld communication devices while driving a
"It's unbelievable that there are still a large number of drivers out
there that talk and text while driving. They are putting theirs and
others lives in danger and that is unacceptable," says Allan Lamb,
executive director of the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation.
The use of a personal communication device has become part of our daily
life. We use them for professional and personal purposes. The BCAA
Traffic Safety Foundation recognizes this and has advice for drivers
about safe driving practices.
The safest practice is to not to use a cellphone or any other electronic
communication device (hand held or hands-free) while driving. Pull off
to the side of the road in a safe location to make a call, text,
respond to a message or access the internet. Turning off your cellphone
reduces the chance of distraction.
The message for parents is to be a good role model for your teen
driver. Create a Family Contract that makes it a condition of your
teenager's driving privileges that they will not talk or text while
driving. And make sure that they see you practicing this when you
Motor vehicle incidents are one of the major causes of worker deaths in
BC and injuries due to car crashes result in lost productivity. The
foundation advises employers to develop and enforce a safe driving
policy stating that employees must not use any electronic
communications devices while they drive on company time.
"This policy is intended for use by companies and organizations whose
employees drive as part of their job description," explained Lamb.
"There are many businesses in this province that operate fleets of
vehicles and they will need to address this issue with their
For a sample employer safe driving policy or a copy of the family
contract for teen drivers, visit the "Hot Topics" and "Young Drivers"
sections on the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation website at www.BCAATSF.ca.
The law, as of January 1, 2010, prohibits drivers from:
Operating or holding hand-held cellphones or other electronic devices.
Sending or reading emails and/or texting (e.g., BlackBerry, PDA,
Operating or holding hand-held music or portable gaming devices (e.g.,
MP3 players, iPods).
Manually programming or adjusting GPS systems, whether built into the
vehicle or not, while driving. Settings must be programmed before
Only hands-free cell phones and devices that require one touch to
activate will be permitted.
Drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program are prohibited from using all
prescribed devices including hands-free cell phones.
Drivers in violation of the law will receive $167 fine, and drivers
caught texting or emailing will receive three penalty points in
addition to the fine. GLP drivers will receive the $167 fine and three
penalty points for any violation of this legislation.
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About BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity
working with families, communities and business partners to reduce the
number and severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C. For more
information visit www.BCAATSF.ca or call 604-298-5107.
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|Lennea Durant ||Allan Lamb|
|Media Relations ||Executive Director|
|BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation ||BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation|
|Tel: 604-875-1182 ||Tel: 604-297-2151|
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