Police in British Columbia are always on the lookout for distracted drivers and unbelted occupants in the effort to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roadways.
The entire month of September is dedicated to the Distracted Driving and Occupant Restraint Campaign which includes a major one-day event during the month specifically targeting these offences. Distracted driving includes use of electronic devices and driver distraction/inattentiveness.
Restraints include seatbelts, lap belts, infant/child restraints and booster seats. According to provincial data, an average of 77 people die each year* where driver distraction was a contributing factor and another 52 people die each year* for failing to utilize a restraint.
Driver holding phone and coffee cupChild bucked in child seat
Both these offences are easily prevented, says Cpl. Mike Halskov of BC RCMP Traffic Services. Drivers and passengers significantly reduce their chances of being injured or killed in a collision by simply ensuring they are wearing a seatbelt.
Drivers reduce their chances of injuring or killing themselves, their passengers or other motorists by driving distraction-free which includes ‘leaving the phone alone.’ We ask all motorists to drive defensively, obey speed limits, wear seatbelts, drive sober and distraction free.
Motorists can expect to see an increased police presence on our highways throughout the province during this enhanced enforcement campaign and may experience short delays. Police are asking motorists to drive safely, and obey the directions of officers at any check-stop.
(*Source: ICBC – Distracted Driving - 5 year average, 2013-2017; Restraints – 5 year average 2013-2017)