Road safety

Distracted driving

We all play a part in making our roads safe — when you're behind the wheel, focus on the road.

If everyone in B.C. avoided distractions while driving, around 78 lives could be saved every year. We can make our roads safer together.

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.

Plan ahead to keep your focus on the road

  • Turn off your phone or notifications. Consider turning on “silent mode” or “do not disturb” when you first get into the car.

  • Keep your phone out of sight and out of mind. Put it in a closed glove box or centre console before you start driving.

  • Know where to go before you drive. Program your GPS before you start driving and pull over if you need to update directions.

  • Driving will always require your full attention, so set yourself up for zero distractions before you start driving.

  • Set realistic travel times and be mindful of rush hours and delays.

#LeaveYourPhoneAlone #EyesFwdBC

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.

  • Know 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.

Not while driving decal

You ca​n also place a bulk order for distracted driving stickers to share in your community.

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