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Sunday, 29 May 2016 18:26

Distracted Driving Not Okay!

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Texting-While-DrivingDistracted Driving Not Okay!

 

While out for a walk in my neighborhood the other day I noticed a small white car approaching me, unusually slowly. I figured it to be my neighbour, who tends to do so. As the car passed me I was startled to see a young woman behind the wheel, her hands on the bottom of the steering wheel and her two thumbs pecking away on her smart phone. She would take the odd peek at the road ahead, then go back to her pecking away on her phone.

Smart phone … stupid driver! If she lived in the neighborhood, what could be so important that she would have to text somebody, only minutes after leaving home?

What will it take for people to understand that we have a distracted driving law and that it applies to everybody? It applies when you are out in traffic. It applies when you are in your own neighborhood. It applies to everyone.

Then there are those that still choose to talk on the phone, while they are driving. There is hardly a day go by where I don’t see someone yacking on a phone held in one hand up to their ear, while steering with the other. While totally anecdotal, the biggest offending demographic that I see, is young to middle-aged men, driving large pick-up trucks. Apparently, having the label of contractor or tradesman gives them rights that others don’t have, or so they would have you believe.

According to ICBC, distracted driving is the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. and one of the most common distractions behind the wheel is a mobile electronic device. On average, 81 people die every year in crashes where distracted driving is a contributing factor, with distracted driving being attributed to about one quarter (27%) of all car crash fatalities in B.C.

When I was young, drinking and driving was commonplace. It certainly wasn’t acceptable, but it did occur. Now its not acceptable. According to ICBC, 90% of B.C. drivers surveyed rated texting while driving as being more risky than drinking and driving.

The use of hand-held personal electronic devices while driving has been banned in B.C. since 2010. The current penalty for using a hand-held electronic device while driving is $167.00 and three penalty points. The law applies while you are stopped at a red light or slowed in traffic.

As of June 1st, the distracted driving fine rises to $543.00 for the first offence. You risk driving prohibition for repeat offences. Second offence will cost you $888.00 and a third in the same year, $1600.00.

Time will tell if fines will help change driver’s habits. When it comes to automobiles, driving, texting and/or talking on the phone, there will likely always be people who think the law applies to everyone else. This is evidenced by the fact that RCMP road checks still routinely catch people who don’t bother to do up their seat belt. Pass it on!

Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.

 

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