Time to get a Watch and Drive ‘Hands-Free’


2017-04-04 07:09 PDT

File # 2017-6266

RCMP and Transit Police officers look for distracted drivers from inside a transit bus

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Most drivers are getting the message to leave the phone alone but 70 people still needed expensive reminders from Coquitlam RCMP as part of Distracted Driving Month.

The Coquitlam RCMP, in cooperation with ICBC and in partnership with Metro Vancouver Transit Police, found that distracted driving and seatbelt violation tickets together totalled about one fifth of the almost 500 tickets issued by Coquitlam RCMP’s Traffic Services section during Distracted Driving Month.

Coquitlam RCMP has compiled the top three favourite excuses from last month for using your phone when you drive:

  1. I had to take an emergency phone call about my company’s payroll. There are very few emergencies that require you to drive and talk on the phone simultaneously. In this case, the driver admitted that this emergency did not qualify and he could have pulled over.
  2. I had my phone on speaker mode so that’s technically hands-free. According to both the Motor Vehicle Act, and common sense, if your phone is in your hand it is not being operated hands-free.
  3. I had to check the time. If you are picking up your phone to check the time while driving you are breaking the law. If you are one of the increasingly few whose car does not have a clock, and you need to know the time, then it’s time to buy a watch.

For more information and tips on Distracted Driving visit the ICBC website.

Released by

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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