Back to school means driving with no distraction


2017-08-30 08:35 PDT

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This September, Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Section and Cell Watch volunteers are supporting ICBC’s Distracted Driving Enforcement Month by asking everyone- but parents in particular- to put down their phones and drive.

From January to July of 2017, almost 800 distracted driving tickets have been issued in the jurisdiction of Coquitlam RCMP; that’s almost four distracted driving tickets every day.

For back to school, Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Section is challenging parents to set the example; be the first to put the phone down, slow down and be more careful.

Police get a lot of complaints about driving in school zones, says Corporal Nancy Joyce of the Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Section. But we often find that we’re issuing tickets to the same people who call to complain about other people’s behaviour.

Distracted driving causes more deaths on BC roads than impaired driving; approximately 78 per year, says Kathleen Nadalin, local ICBC Road Safety Coordinator. We’re standing together to encourage drivers to put their phone away when they’re behind the wheel. No call or text is worth the risk.

For more information on distracted driving and the ICBC Drive Smart campaign, which encourages drivers to recognize and change their own bad driving behaviours, check the ICBC website.

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Cap. Michael McLaughlin

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GRC de Coquitlam (anglais seulement)
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