Distracted Driving

Q&A - Worth disputing the penalty for use of electronic device while driving?

Q&A ImageFirst the background. Got pulled over last week for checking a message on my cell phone. Traffic was bumper to bumper and not moving. The reason I checked my phone was, I let someone I had a meeting with know I would not be able to make it because of the traffic.

READING - A Deadly Wandering

A Deadly WanderingThis is a very interesting book about distracted driving. Interwoven with the story about Reggie Shaw and how he caused a double fatal collision by texting while driving is information on the research and researchers who are studying how our brain deals with the distraction from mobile phone use while driving. To put it bluntly, we are incapable of driving safely while using a mobile phone, hands on, hands free or texting while driving. We just think that we are good at it and the other guy is the problem. That's not so and the book explains why.

VIDEO - From One Second to the Next

video iconFrom YouTube: "Xzavier, Chandler, Debbie, and Reggie all know the horrors of texting & driving firsthand. Acclaimed director Werner Herzog tells their stories in this powerful It Can Wait Documentary."

Q&A - Cell Phone Ticket

Q&A ImageI was ticketed for disobeying a traffic sign (I absolutely did, take full responsibility for that one) and also for "contravening section 25 (15) of the MVA) which is violating the terms of my license (Class 7N, GLP program) by 'using a handheld device.' My problem is my phone was sitting in the centre console, completely dead, and i hadn't touched or looked at it.

Q&A - Police Using Cell Phones When Driving

Q&A ImageI was wondering if you could cover a subject that is a pet peeve of mine. I have observed some RCMP members using a cell phone while driving their patrol car. Are they exempt from this law? I thought distracted driving was distracted driving. I see this happen at least once a week.

Q&A - Can I Call 911 While Driving?

Q&A ImageWhen reading one of the ICBC manuals recently (I can’t find the reference just now) it sounded like it was ok to use a cell phone to call 911 while driving. Could that be correct?

Q&A - Using Headphones While Driving

Q&A ImageCan an officer ticket you for using earbuds for handsfree calling even if they are not in use? One of my earbuds doesn't work but i have to put it in my ear because the mouthpiece is attached to the one that doesnt work and the sound comes out of the other one.

Q&A - Cyclists and texting

I witnessed an accident the other day between a cyclist and a truck. The cyclist was riding with no hands, looking down while texting on his cell phone. He did not notice that he had come to an intersection and rode into the side of a truck. He was not wearing a helmet and received more than a few injuries requiring an ambulance to attend. Are cyclists not required to obey the sections of the motor vwhicle act in a case like this?

Q&A - Received a Ticket for Using a Cell Phone

Q&A ImageI have a question regarding driving violation 214.1(1) prohibiting cell phone usage while driving. I recently was pulled over by an RCMP officer and when I asked what was wrong he said that I had been using my cell phone while driving. I tried to respectively deny this as I had not been using my phone.

Q&A - Distracted Driving for Tourists

Q&A ImageI was caught using a cell phone while driving and handed a ticket. Being a tourist from California I didn't know about the new no cell phone law. But the officer's reasoning was that it is also unlawful to use a cell phone in California and decided to write me a ticket.

My questions are:

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