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Understanding driver distraction and causes

The most accepted definition of distracted driving is a diversion that temporarily takes the driver's attention away from driving, such as a task, event, person or object. These diversions reduce the driver's awareness, performance and decision-making skills, increasing the risk of traffic collisions. Motorists in British Columbia might not be aware of the causes of distracted driving.

Drunk driving statistical facts affecting British Columbia

A large percentage of residents of British Columbia and across the nation consider drunk driving to be a major concern, according to an annual study by The Road Safety Monitor. Although the number of people who died in alcohol-related car accidents was steadily declining since 2006, the number arose to 744 fatalities in 2010. These fatalities represent about a third of all traffic accidents in Canada, which is a slight decrease from several years prior to 2010.

Distracted driving and car accidents in British Columbia

With the widespread use of cell phones, distracted driving has become an increasingly problematic issue. Because of the risks associated with cell phone use while driving, the practice was made illegal in 2010. Still, the problem continues.

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