Pouce Coupe is leading the way in the Peace when it comes to distracted driver education.
Doug Mac Donald, ICBC road safety coordinator was on hand in Pouce last week to talk about distracted driving in BC.
“Distracted driving is not seen as an issue but yet one in four deaths are from distracted drivers,” Mac Donald said Wednesday.
“You are five times more likely to be in a crash if you are on the phone.”
On average, six youth (aged 16 to 21) are killed and 390 injured in crashes each year in the North Central region.
“Car crashes remain the number one preventable cause of death for youth in B.C.,” said Mac Donald. ICBC is committed to supporting youth in developing strong decision-making skills on the road to help prevent crashes and save lives. Over the past two decades, ICBC’s road safety speakers have been sharing their stories with approximately 50,000 B.C. high school students every year. Mac Donald says ICBC is the midst of approaching municipalities throughout the Peace region on distracted driving. ICBC has decals and stickers for municipal vehicles to remind people to stay off their phones while driving.
“When we were in contact with the public works department here in Pouce it was clear the community was already well underway before we even started this. It is great,” he said.
Until next time
Rob Brown - Managing Editor