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Excuses Given For Distracted Driving

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ICBC publishes Top 10 excuses given for distracted driving

The Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) has posted online a list of the Top 10 excuses given to police by drivers busted for using a hand-held device while driving.

During a month-long crackdown on distracted driving, B.C. law enforcement officers estimate they issued more than 3,5000 tickets to drivers using electronic devices behind the wheel during the month of September.

In B.C., roughly 25% of all deaths in fatal crashes are related to distracted driving, ICBC says. Crashes are the Number 1 cause of traumatic work-related deaths.

The top excuses police heard from drivers include:

  • This is a bogus law.
  • It was my boss on the phone – I have to answer it.
  • I wasn't using it – I just like to hold it.
  • Sorry officer, I didn't see you trying to pull me over because I was on my phone.
  • But it was an emergency call to my wedding planner!
  • My Bluetooth died.
  • Driver: I'm using my speakerphone. Police officer: No, you're holding your phone in one hand and steering with the other.
  • I'm not driving; I was stopped at a red light.
  • I wasn't talking, I was checking my messages.
  • I was just checking the time.

Somehow, we're thinking Ontario drivers might not be too different.

Thanks to ICBC and Canadian Underwriter


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