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Two provinces to ban driving with phones

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The Province

Well it is going to come here sooner or later. But I still think we need to deal with other distractions too. People who watch DVDs while driving for instance. Hands free phones are as bad as hand held in terms of distraction, but both hands on the wheel is still pretty rare. Use of mirrors and signals is unusual too. Observance of the speed limit – you have got to be joking! Being aware of pedestrians or cyclists? Hah!

ICBC could do something about all this – make it very clear that contributory negligence will cost those responsible for collisions very dearly indeed. Not just in terms of higher premiums later but in the percentage of the claim they will be forced to pay.  In the same way that a cyclist who does not wear a helmet is penalised now.

Written by Stephen Rees

March 30, 2008 at 10:43 am

Posted in Road safety

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  1. I think this is awesome news.


    March 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm

  2. I’m amazed- I took it for granted that this was just about everywhere. The double standard of penalising cyclists is no suprise though.

    Andy in Germany

    March 31, 2008 at 2:48 am

  3. I’d welcome the ban, but I don’t expect much enforcement. The VPD, from a lack of resources or direction, have let aggressive driving become an entrenched norm. In this environment a cellphone ban is just lipstick on a very ugly pig.

    Todd Sieling

    March 31, 2008 at 7:25 am

  4. I’d expect that a driver who is not paying due care and attention to the task of driving would be contributorily negligent – whether or not a particular activity is banned or not – whether that is using a cell phone, having screaming kids in the ar, changing a CD, fiddling with the radio, eating, drinking, applying make-up, or having a dog running loose in the car (i.e. was it Stephen King was was run over by a car whose driver had a dog loose in the car? Apparently, it is also a ticketable offence not to have your dog leashed in your car.)
    The analogy with not wearing a helmet would be not wearing a seatbelt.
    A somewhat analgous example for a cell phone ban would be the ban on cyclists wearing headphones.

    Ron C.

    March 31, 2008 at 12:05 pm

  5. What bothers me is the number of dogs I see left loose in the back of pick ups. In the event of a collision the dog becomes a projectile

    Stephen Rees

    March 31, 2008 at 3:46 pm

  6. tough enforcement! would it still be offence if you were talking on phone ,changing cd- having a smoke why you are stuck in stop and go( 20min-1hour )gridlock! everyone is the best driver yapper-multi-tasker there is! this one is a personal moral choice. what about the cars? 6 cup holders-cd-tv mount -on board computer ,not to mention make-up mirror,and popcorn popper! are we nothing more than mindless drones? must we be scolded into cooperation! signed……………………………daddy are we there yet?

    grant g

    March 31, 2008 at 8:15 pm

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