Roughly one in four fatal crashes on B.C. roads involves driver distraction. That’s why ICBC and police around the province are encouraging drivers to leave their phones alone.
Even if you’re not using your phone, you may still be distracted. Anything that takes your attention away from driving, like chatting with passengers, eating or drinking, or adjusting radio or vehicle settings, can contribute to distracted and inattentive driving. We all play a part in making our roads safe – when you’re behind the wheel, focus on the road.
If you’re caught distracted driving, you’ll be ticketed and receive a fine of $368. Every ticket for distracted driving also adds four driver penalty points to your driving record. If you have four or more points at the end of a 12-month period, you pay a driver penalty point (DPP) premium. These premiums start at $252 and increase for every point you accumulate. You may also have to pay a driver risk premium.
With increased enforcement throughout B.C., multiple infractions can now put a serious dent in your wallet!
You can find out more about ICBC’s distracted driving campaign here: http://ow.ly/E4pz50DE3WD