Distraction will Cause Reaction
2017-09-27 12:01 PDT
File # 17-Distracted
A friendly reminder that your local police are focussing on Distracted Drivers this fall. Driving while distracted remains a major problem and has surpassed impaired driving in causing fatalities. In fact, you’re 5 times more likely to crash if you’re using your hand-held phone.
ICBC has provided the following statistics in relation to distracted driving:
- Distracted driving is responsible for more than one quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C.
- Distracted driving is the second leading contributor of car crash fatalities in B.C. and results in 78 deaths each year on average.
- Distracted driving has moved ahead of impaired driving-related fatal crashes: on average, 89 deaths occur in speed-related crashes, and 66 in impaired-related crashes.
- Every year, on average, 8 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes on Vancouver Island
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Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers, ICBC and the Oceanside RCMP will be working in partnership to increase awareness and enforce the laws surrounding distracted driving. Please, take a break from your phone. No call or text is so important it’s worth risking your life.
Cpl. Jesse ForemanNCO i/c Community Policing
727 West Island Highway, Parksville BC V9P 1B9
Office: 250-248-6111 extension 245
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