RCMP’s Month Long Campaign Against Dangerous Habits
Police departments around BC, including the RCMP, have partnered with ICBC to run a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the hazards of driving while using electronic devices. According to the RCMP, over 40,000 tickets were issued in 2013 to drivers using electronic devices while driving or driving without due care and attention. Distracted drivers where the cause of 27 percent of fatal collisions in B.C.
The Impact of Distracted Driving
To coincide with RCMP’s campaign, HUB International would like to remind drivers of the impact of distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes your mind or eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel.
Common distractions include:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Answering e-mails on a smart phone
- Reading a map or newspaper
- Applying makeup
- Using a GPS device
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking to a passenger
Did you know that talking on a cell phone has been compared to:
- Driving under the influence: A University of Utah study revealed that talking on a cell phone has a greater effect on reaction time than having a blood alcohol level of .08 (the legal limit).
- Viewing the roadway with binders on: A distracted driver may be unaware of changing roadway conditions and can miss seeing up to 50% of their surroundings.
Distracted Driving Facts
- According to AAA studies, drivers talking on cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in a vehicle crash than those that are not distracted.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
HUB International TRANSPORTATION specialists are based in Vancouver. Our longstanding relationships with the best providers in the business allow us to deliver the solution that serve you best. With HUB, you can run your business knowing that you are headed in the right direction.
 Dobie, Cayley. "Month-long campaign takes aim at dangerous habit." Burnabynow. LMP Publication Limited Partnership, 04 Feb 2014. Web. 21 Feb 2014. <http://www.burnabynow.com/news/month-long-campaign-takes-aim-at-dangerous-habit-1.813011>.