WHILE DRIVING, YOUR LIFE
IS IN YOUR HANDS. NOTHING ELSE SHOULD BE.
By Grace Guiney (Planning 10 Student)
Research shows that drivers fail to assess or process up to 50% of the visual information in their environment when using electronic devices.
DON'T BE PART OF THAT 50%
When distracted driving comes to mind, many people think of using handheld devices while driving or driving while impaired. However, playing with the radio, tending to children, eating, and/or playing with a GPS are other sources of distracted driving.
CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES
Every day, 11 teenagers die as a consequence of texting while driving.
The fine for distracted driving is $167 and 3 penalty points.
KNOW THE FACTS. KNOW THE LAW.
- In British Columbia, it is illegal to use electronic devices while driving.
- On average, youth in British Columbia aged 16-21 are involved in 33,000 incidents a year. That's 6,900 injuries and 35 fatalities.
- 80% of vehicle accidents and 60% of near accidents include some form of distracted driving as a contributing factor.