‘Distracted Driving’ Is…

A photo illustration depicting a distracted driver.
(Pioneer Press photo illustration: Ben Garvin)
March 9, 2018 | by: terryparker

Distracted driving is more than just using your cell phone while behind the wheel — according to the official RCMP website, distracted driving is anything that can lead to a driver’s impaired judgement while on the road, including:

  • Talking on a cellphone
  • Texting
  • Reading (books, maps, newspapers)
  • Smoking
  • Personal grooming
  • Adjusting the radio/CD or playing extremely loud music
  • Talking to passengers while fatigued
  • Eating and driving

On the issue of eating and drinking while driving, the RCMP said that “it’s best to avoid eating and drinking while driving” and recommends that “if you need to take a drink, wait until you are stopped at a red light.”

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