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Distracted Driving – Not Worth It

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According to ICBC Statistics,78 people die every year on average in crashes where distracted-driving is a contributing factor. Most rear- end crashes resulting in injuries are also caused by distracted driving.According to ICBC Statistics,78 people die every year on average in crashes where distracted-driving is a contributing factor. Most rear- end crashes resulting in injuries are also caused by distracted driving.

Yet, some British Columbians still drive distracted. ICBC cites the use of personal electronic devices as the most common cause of distracted driving in BC. In Burnaby, during the month of March alone, police and community volunteers handed out 764 distracted driving tickets and 28 warnings.
Here are some facts for you to read and share with your loved ones to avoid any injuries and penalties resulting from distracted driving:

· You are 5 times more likely to crash if you are on your phone.

· Drivers will miss 50% of what is going on around them, visually if they are using their phone.

· A first-time distracted driving ticket in B.C. will cost you $543 — a $368 fine and four demerit points of $175.

· A second distracted-driving ticket within 12 months would cost $368.

– A third offence could cost a driver more than $3,000.

In addition, two or more tickets in a 12-month period means an automatic review of the person’s driving record and a possible driving suspension.