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ICBC pushes app to stop distracted driving
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ICBC pushes app to stop distracted driving

B.C. Attorney General David Eby is asking ICBC to explore ways of reducing its costs, and one area they have focused on is distracted driving.

78 people die on highways in this province annually due to distracted driving.

It has become a major issue in this age of cell phones and other electronic gizmos. Try as they might, police forces along with the provincial government have made some inroads in getting people educated so they don’t become distracted while driving, but police are continuing to encounter instances daily.

ICBC is faced with ever increasing costs for injury claims settlements and the cost of repairs and a large number of crashes result from distracted drivers. So, they have turned to technology to help get the phone out of drivers hands. Since April ICBC has been looking at a device that disables the phone when the vehicle is in motion.

In return for getting the app that runs the device installed, ICBC is considering reducing insurance rates.

In Britain, law makers are working to get auto makers to make this device standard in all of their models.

B.C. Ban using phones while driving in 2010 which includes when stopped at a traffic light or caught up in slow moving traffic. The current fine is $368 plus four penalty points on your license.

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