Vancouver, British Columbia – Car crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in British Columbia, and distracted driving such as cellphone use is a key factor, according to WorkSafeBC statistics.

On average, approximately 30 workers are killed in B.C. each year while driving.

“As government, we have established aggressive legislation and police have done a good job of enforcement, but really this is about your friends, family and colleagues, so set an example,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “We know these deaths and injuries are preventable. Let voicemail do its job or pull over. Safe driving requires your full attention.”

A recent survey conducted on behalf of ICBC found that only 9 per cent of drivers think that commercial drivers are better than the general public at following B.C.’s new restrictions on the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving.

To help workers and employers, new materials are available for download at WorkSafeBC, including a sample safe driving policy, tip sheets and a new video.

“We need to shift our attitudes toward distracted driving,” said Fiona Temple, director of road safety at ICBC. “We can all do our part to help create a culture where friends, families and colleagues don’t expect you to answer the phone while driving.”

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