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Driving while using a hand-held cellphone isn’t just illegal. It’s dangerous.

Driving demands your full attention. Twenty-five per cent of vehicle crashes each year can be attributed to drivers being distracted. The number one cause of distraction? Wireless electronic devices, such as cellphones.

Since January 1, 2010, talking, typing, texting or dialing on a hand-held cellphone or any hand-held portable electronic device while driving is subject to a $167 fine and a penalty of three points. This is to help us all stay focused on driving and make B.C.’s roads safer for everyone. Stay safe by being aware of your surroundings and checking your car locks before you depart.