KENNEBECASIS, NB, Aug. 22, 2019 /CNW/ - In collaboration with the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force (KRPF) today launched its youth distracted driving campaign at the KRPF station. To aid the discussion on road safety, IBC has donated its desktop driving simulator to the campaign. The aim of the simulation is to educate youth on the dangers of distracted driving, without the risk of being on the road.
"Driver distraction remains a significant factor in collisions on our roads," said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. "The bottom line is that these collisions are preventable. That is why we are delighted to support KRPF in their efforts to take this important message to the young drivers of New Brunswick."
The KRPF is launching a series of local school visits that are set to take place this fall. The sessions will include engaging activities and conversation starters with the police to help educate youth on the consequences of distracted driving and how to prevent it. Students will have the opportunity to experience the consequences of "texting and driving" in a safe environment.
"The KRPF is delighted to be partnering with the Insurance Bureau of Canada on this initiative," said Wayne Gallant, Chief, KRPF. "This new tool will be a great educational aid for our department in informing our youth about the dangers of distracted driving in a way that is compelling and real for me. I thank IBC for their partnership and support of this initiative."
Distracted driving has become one of the most serious road safety issues in Canada today. A distracted driver is 23 times more likely to crash than a non-distracted driver is. A person caught using a hand-held device while driving in New Brunswick faces a $172.50 fine and loss of three demerit points. The penalties will be more severe if the offence results in injury or death.
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For further information: If you require more information, please contact: Steve Kee, Director, External Communications, 416.362.2031 ext. 4387 (office), 416.841.5669 (cell), [email protected]; Anika Becker, Inspector OIC Administration, Kennebecasis Regional Police Force, 506.848.5401, [email protected]