Eyes on the road – leave your phone alone

Kamloops City

2021-03-10 11:37 PST

As March Break lets out and children head outside to keep busy, drivers are reminded to keep their eyes on the road – not on other distractions.

March is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and to help keep communities safe, police across the province will be conducting intensified enforcement and education, and checking for drivers whose attention may not always be on the road.

Every driver out there owes it to each other and to our communities to help keep our roadways safe, said Sandro Piroddi, Kamloops Community Services Support Liaison. One of the easiest ways to be responsible on the roadway is by giving it your full attention.

While using an electronic device is one of the offences that falls under distracted driving, eating, drinking, personal grooming, reading, pets, and passengers can distract drivers from the road and lead to a ticket -- or worse.

Distracted driving is responsible for more than 25 per cent of all car crash fatalities and is the second leading cause of fatal collisions in the province. Every year, an average of 78 people are killed from fatal motor vehicle collisions in BC because the driver was distracted or not paying attention – 31 of those deaths are in the southern interior.

In Kamloops this month, motorists can expect to see distracted driving signs, check stops, warning letters, and ticketing as reminders of the importance of keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

The RCMP Crime Prevention Unit will also be conducting speed and cellphone watch programs in neighbourhoods across the city, as well as an awareness campaign to remind drivers to leave their phone alone.

If you’d like to be part of the solution and help prevent crime in your neighbourhood, contact us to find out how to join our team of volunteers, said Mr. Piroddi. He added those interested in helping can contact the Kamloops RCMP Community Policing office at 250-376-5099 and ask to speak to a Community Services Support Liaison.

For more tips and information on laws surrounding distracting driving, visit the RCMP’s website

ICBC Fast facts

Tips for drivers

Statistics

* Regional statistics: Police data from 2015 to 2019. Distraction: where one or more of the vehicles involved had contributing factors including use of communication/video equipment, driver inattentive and driver internal/external distraction.


Released by

Cst. Crystal Evelyn
Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
kamloops.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3000
Fax: 250-828-3034
Email: Crystal.Evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca 
 

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