Don't drive inTEXTicated: Reducing incidents caused by mobile phones

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Date created: 
2019-03-12
Identifier: 
etd20125
Keywords: 
Distracted driving
Mobile phones
Cell phones
British Columbia
Behaviour
Incidents
Abstract: 

The use of mobile phones by drivers has remained prevalent in British Columbia despite the government’s best attempts to reduce distracted driving behaviours through legislation, penalties and awareness campaigns. This high-risk behaviour can cause serious or fatal injuries and has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a global problem. This study explores the problem through case studies and interviews with key stakeholders and experts. It describes the multi-pronged approach that is needed to tackle the issue, including engineering, education and enforcement, and focuses on policy options that are feasible for the BC government to implement. This study recommends implementing a sliding-scale fine, which is expected to improve the targeting of high-risk drivers, address inequities faced by low-income drivers, and act as an overall deterrent for all drivers. Additionally, this study recommends engineering roundabouts in high traffic areas as a longer-term recommendation to indirectly alter driver behaviour.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights: 
This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Senior supervisor: 
Marina Adshade
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: School of Public Policy
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.P.P.
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