Burnaby, British Columbia – Distracted driving is still a serious problem on B.C. roads despite a law banning the use of handheld communication devices while driving, according to the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation.

“It’s unbelievable that there are still a large number of drivers out there that talk and text while driving,” said Allan Lamb, executive director of the foundation. “They are putting theirs and others’ lives in danger and that is unacceptable.”

The safest practice is not to use a cellphone or any other electronic communication device, hand-held or hands-free, while driving. Pull off to the side of the road in a safe location to make a call, text, response to a message or access the Internet. Turning off the device reduces the chance of distraction.

BCAA said that parents should be good role models for their teenage drivers. Create a “family contract” that makes it a condition of the teenager’s driving privileges that he or she will not talk or text while driving, and parents should do the same.

For a sample copy of the family contract for teen drivers, or an employer’s safe driving policy, visit the “Young Drivers” and “Hot Topics” sections at BCAA.

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