Leave the phone alone while you’re at the wheel.
That’s the message from Terrace RCMP as they handed out 15 tickets to distracted drivers during a recent enforcement blitz.
West Pacific Region Traffic Services says the March 17th enforcement is part of a coordinated distracted driving campaign across the province.
Corporal Lee Simpkins says no call or text is worth risking your life. Simpkins advises letting calls go to voicemail and ignore texts while driving, even if it means keeping your phone in the trunk.
Some quick facts about Distracted Driving:
- Distracted Driving includes the use of electronic devices such as cell phones, Ipods, and GPS systems while driving.
- Distracted Driving has passed Impaired Driving to become the second leading cause of car crashes on British Columbia roadways.
- According to ICBC Distracted Driving contributes to an average 81 deaths in crashes every year in British Columbia, 15 in the northern region.
- It is illegal to use your device at red lights and stop signs. You must be pulled off the travel portion of the roadway and parked.
Right now, getting caught using your phone or other electronic devices at the wheel will cost you $167 and three demerit points.
But BC’s superintendent of motor vehicle says tougher penalties are set to be announced in early May.