Even if you're not using your phone, you may still be distracted.
We all play a part in making our roads safe – when you're behind the wheel, focus on the road.
If you're looking at your phone, you can't see the road
Anything that takes your attention away from driving can contribute to distracted driving. Even when stopped, checking an electronic device affects your focus. You’re 3.6 times more likely to crash if you’re using your hand-held phone.
Tips for safe cellphone use
Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages. No call, text or email is so important it's worth risking your life or the lives of others.
Turn it to silent or turn on "Do not disturb while driving" features that will send automatic replies to incoming texts and route incoming calls to voicemail.
Assign a designated texter. Ask your passengers to make or receive calls and texts for you.
Plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need before hitting the road, like programming your navigation and infotainment systems in advance so you're not trying to do it while driving.
Pull over to make or receive a call when it's safe and legal to do so. For longer journeys, look for
signs at highway rest areas, some of which now provide free Wi-Fi.
Avoid looking at screens while driving, even if you're using your phone hands-free. Keep all screens out of reach and out of sight if possible.
Learn the rules of the road
Don't use your cellphone at a red light. The law applies even when you're stopped at a red light or in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Keep your hands free. Hands-free means a Bluetooth, wired headset or speakerphone that can be operated with one touch or voice commands.
If you have a Learner's (L) or Novice (N) licence, you aren't allowed to use any electronic devices (like phone or GPS) behind the wheel, for any purpose, even in hands-free mode.
Make sure you understand the law on how to use electronic devices while driving
The cost of distracted driving
Every ticket for distracted driving includes a fine of $368 and four driver penalty points.
If you have four or more points on your driving record at the end of a 12-month period, you pay a
driver penalty point (DPP) premium. You may also have to pay a
driver risk premium if you get more than one distracted driving ticket in a three-year period.
Show your support
You can help make our streets and communities safer by encouraging others to leave their phone alone behind the wheel. Get a distracted driving sticker and show your support. They are available at participating ICBC Driver Licensing and Autoplan broker offices.
You can also place a bulk order for distracted driving stickers to share in your community.
Get distracted driving stickers
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