The Facts on Driving with a Cell Phone in BC
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The Facts on Driving with a Cell Phone in BC

The new cell phone ban in BC. What the ban includes, the fines and when it took effect.

As of January 1st, 2010 it is against the law to drive while talking or texting on your cell phone in BC, Canada without a hands free device. Drivers in the graduated licensing program cannot use cell phones at all including hands-free devices. If caught you could face fines of $167 and up to 3 demerit points against their license.

If your phone ring while driving don't answer let it go to voicemail, ask your passenger to take the call for you, pull over before you answer or return a call, keep your focus on the road, use a hands free device (if not in GLP program)

Fines for talking on the phone are $167 no points regular license, $167 plus 3 points for texting, emailing or manual dailing, $167 plus 3 points for any GLP driver caught using a phone or hands free device.

Why can't we use a cell phone while driving? Think of how much more distracted you are if you are talking on your phone. You may miss something and cause an accident. You could hit someone in a crosswalk if your not paying attention. Extensive research has been done by ICBC that proves drivers talking on a cell phone ignore about 50% of what is going on around them.

Will this rule be enforced? Yes the police will be issuing tickets to anyone seen using a handheld device after February 1st, 2010 (they were nice enough to give us a month to get used to the law) Al ticket revenues will be returned to the community to pay for policing. So be perpared to be ticketed if you live in BC and are talking or texting on your cell phone after Feb 1st, 2010. The only exception in BC to this rule is if you are dailing 911, police are also exempt while on the job.

Consider the fact that if you make a decision to anwser your phone while driving you are putting someone elses life at risk. Would you want someone put you life or the life of someone you love at risk over a simple phone call that can be returned at a later safer time?

If you don't live in BC and the cell phone ban has not yet come to where you live be perpared it's coming it's a great law and I hope to see it everywhere soon. Put down your phone and pay attention to the road.

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