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Distracted Driving month

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September is distracted driving month here in Merritt and across British Columbia.

According to provincial data, distracted driving is responsible for more than 25% of all car crash fatalities and is the second leading cause of fatal collisions in BC. Every year, an average of 76 people die in fatal motor vehicle collisions in BC because the driver was distracted or not paying attention.

Distracted driving can be more than just cellphones with the RCMP also highlighting personal grooming, eating and drinking, reading, pets, and even other passengers in the car.

“It all starts with you,” says Supt. Holly Turton. “Ask yourself if it is worth your life or someone else’s to answer a call, check your email, or send that text while you are driving. Please make the right choice when you drive – ignore your phone and drive responsibly – your life may depend on it – and others may depend on you to get to your destination safely.”

The fines for distracted driving start at $368 plus 4 penalty points and a $252 driver penalty premium assessed by ICBC for a minimum of $620 for a first offence. In addition, your insurance costs may be affected.

 

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