“It’s a great legislation change. If it can shift driver behavior and move drivers back to focusing on the road, then we’re all going to be ahead,” said Brakop. “It is going to reduce crashes because people are distracted. We all know that.”
On average, about 117 people die each year in B.C. and 1,400 are sent to hospital as a result of distracted driving.
The 2007 B.C. Traffic Collision Statistics identified driver inattentiveness as one of the top five contributing factors causing injury or death in a collision. Other factors include speed, alcohol, driver error or confusion, failing to yield to right of way and road conditions.
For more information on this regulation, visit www.tsf-bcaa.com/pdf/Prov_News_Release.pdf.
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