Distracted Driving Event - March 30

Stats on the success of the campaign will be released at the event:

When: Thurs. March 30

Where: 5th St., Courtenay, near Lewis Centre (eastbound)

When: Media invited for 2:00 pm.

Who: Perry Snyder, Comox Valley RCMP

Comox Valley Citizens on Patrol Volunteers

Caroline Robinson, ICBC Road Safety

More than 800 crashes occur every day in B.C., many of these caused by distracted driving, said Caroline Robinson, local ICBC road safety coordinator. No call or text is worth the risk. Distracted driving is a dangerous and preventative behaviour that we must all commit to ending.

STATISTICS

Police reported five year average (2011-2015)

· Distracted driving is responsible for more than one quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C.

· Distracted driving is the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. and results in 78 deaths each year on average.

· Distracted driving has moved ahead of impaired driving-related fatal crashes: on average, 89 deaths occur in speed-related crashes, and 66 in impaired-related crashes.