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Kamloops RCMP to use education and enforcement at distracted driving event

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September 18, 2017 - 2:57 PM

KAMLOOPS - Distracted driving is claiming more lives in B.C. than impaired driving so the RCMP are teaming up with ICBC to get the word out.

Drivers are being reminded to take a break from their phone at a distracted driving education and enforcement event being held tomorrow, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 12 Street and Tranquille Road, according to an RCMP meda release.

In an effort to educate the public, representatives from ICBC and Kamloops RCMP Crime Prevention Unit will be on hand to educate drivers and pedestrians about the dangers of distracting driving, the release states.

Along with the educational aspect of the event, officers from the RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit will also be in the area "in an enforcement capacity."

“Distracted driving causes more deaths on B.C. roads than impaired driving; approximately 78 per year," ICBC road safety coordinator Ingrid Brakop says in the release. "In fact, more than 875 crashes occur every day in B.C. — nearly two per minute — and many of these are caused by distracted driving."

“We’re standing together to encourage drivers to put their phone away when they’re behind the wheel. No call or text is worth the risk," Brakop says.

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