Do we need more deterrent for using phone while driving?

Cowichan Bay – We have all seen drivers using cell phones despite the more recent laws and consequential fines when caught.

We’ve taken a position in this country that driving while impaired with alcohol or drugs should result in a consequence that is not only a deterrent to the offender but also to society at large.

That deterrent includes fines, driving suspensions and custodial time.

We’ve taken that stand as a result of the lobbies of those who have been impacted by impaired drivers, especially those advocates such as MADD. Our support is as a result of our knowledge that impaired driving was the number one killer on our roads.

Do we need to take another step for those who violate our drivingwhile-using-cell-phone laws? What would the impact be if such consequences, including automatic 24-hour driving suspensions, vehicle towing and significant driving suspensions for those who are repeat offenders?

According to a Volkswagen ad seen on Youtube, cell phone use is now the number one killer on our highways. There are many articles now on the web where this is also stated, including information that texting while driving is the number one killer of teens on the highways.

The Youtube short is worth seeing. A movie theatre in Hong Kong informed all patrons to leave their cell phones on while in the theatre. Volkswagen showed a film of a driver accelerating down the road. The film was synchronized such that all patrons’ phones rang at a specific time in the film (how?). They did ring and at the same time the film’s driver veered off the road and ran into a tree. Shocked expressions of those who answered their phones at the same time as the accident. It makes a point!

Doug Ramsfield

Cowichan Bay

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

COVID-19 means different graduations for Cowichan students in 2020

At Lake Cowichan students did the traditional hat toss

Mary Lowther column: Pre-sprouting corn in paper towels

My new packet of spinach didn’t grow when I put the seeds directly into potting soil

Sarah Simpson Column: Diving into Dahl with my darlings

“Why don’t we pull out the Roald Dahl collection we got a couple years ago?”

Renovated Lake Cowichan town hall will include emergency operations centre

Upgrade project expected to be complete within months

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read