Don't text and Drive -If your looking at your phone, you can't see the road
Written by Tobin Copley, Policy Analyst, Population & Public Health

Safe driving requires our full attention. Many of us drive on Fraser Health business and even more of us use our cars to commute to and from work.

Safe driving requires our full attention. Many of us drive on Fraser Health business and even more of us use our cars to commute to and from work. All of us walk, and when we do we want drivers to be paying full attention and keeping us safe. Further, as health professionals we have a duty to model behaviours that promote health and prevent injury in our communities.

A main cause of distracted driving is cell phone use. Distracted driving is responsible for more than 25 per cent of all car crash fatalities and is the second leading cause of fatal collisions in B.C. every year -- as a result, an average of 78 people die and many more are seriously injured (source: ICBC Business Information Warehouse five-year average (2012-2016)). These fatal and serious injury crashes are completely preventable.

As leaders in health, we can help to tackle this serious public health issue and help to promote safety values. Let’s put our cell phones away when we are behind the wheel. Our work, friends and family can wait until we arrive safely at our destination.

Did you know:

  • We never “need” to make or take a call when driving. We have one job when behind the wheel, and that is to drive our vehicle.
  • Using our phone in hands-free mode while driving is no safer than handheld.
  • Many phones have a built-in “do not disturb while driving” feature or we can download a similar App to help minimize distraction.
  • Drivers with multiple convictions for using electronic devices while driving now face up to $2,000 in fines (as per ICBC’s Driver Risk Premium program).

Let’s keep road safety a top priority while driving for work and in our personal lives.


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