Chilliwack – In conjunction with police agencies across BC, Chilliwack RCMP Traffic Services will be conducting traffic enforcement blitzes as part of the provincial March Distracted Driving campaign. Teamed with Fraser Valley Traffic Services, Chilliwack Speed Watch, and Chilliwack Cell Watch police will be watching for distracted driving at sites around the city.
“Distracted driving was responsible for nearly a quarter of all car crash fatalities in BC over the past five years, making this the second-leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities behind speeding and narrowly ahead of impaired driving,” said Michael Weightman Road and Safety Coordinator for ICBC.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent distracted driving;
· Leave your phone alone and minimize potential distractions before you head out on the road.
· Plan your route and secure your pets.
· Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.
· Even the sound of an incoming email or text can be distracting; turn off your phone and put it out of reach.
RCMP reminds everyone who witnesses anything they believe is suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-762-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.