Distracted driving kills people every day. Distracted driving is considered the ‘new impaired driving’ problem facing motorists all over North America.
ICBC estimates an additional 20,000 collisions occur on BC roads each year and many believe distracted driving is the cause. It is also the second leading cause of fatalities on our roads.
“Police statistics show that more than a quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C. in the last five years (2011 to 2015) were related to distracted driving. That’s an average of 78 deaths per year, making distracted driving the second-leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities in B.C., behind speeding (89) and narrowly ahead of impaired driving (66).”
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA) in the United States, “In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.”
The chance of becoming involved in a crash is increased:
- 24 x by texting
- 9 x reaching
- 4 x by reading
- 3 x by grooming
- 2 x by eating
Help make our roads safer for all by understanding distracted driving. Educate yourself and others by visiting the following sites: