Distracted Driving continues to be a leading contributing factor in fatal car crashes, where roughly one in four fatal crashes on B.C. roads involves driver distraction. That’s why, for the month of September, ICBC and police around the province are encouraging drivers to leave their phones alone.
We all play a part in making our roads safe – when you’re behind the wheel, focus on the road!
If you’re looking at your phone, you can’t see the road
Checking your phone at a red light may seem harmless, but the truth is using an electronic device behind the wheel is a dangerous distraction. Even when stopped, it affects your focus. You’re five times more likely to crash if you’re using your hand-held phone.
Leave your phone alone #EyesFwdBC
Resisting the temptation of e-mails, texts, calls, posts and cat videos can be hard but it can be done similar to being at the movies, at customs, during takeoff or landing. Think of all the times that you don’t feel like taking a break from your phone but do!
The cost of distracted driving
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 if you get more than one distracted driving ticket in a three-year period.
With increased enforcement throughout B.C., multiple infractions can now put a serious dent in your wallet.