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B.C. doctors want ban on cell phones while driving

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- B.C. emergency room doctors have joined the fight against gabbing drivers, calling for a ban on...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — B.C. emergency room doctors have joined the fight against gabbing drivers, calling for a ban on cell phones while behind the wheel.

The doctors claim to have seen too many cases of accidents caused by cell phone usage while driving, and say police should begin charging drivers who are in accidents while talking on the phone.

The Council on Health Promotion, an arm of the B.C. Medical Association, is calling on police to charge drivers with “driving without due care and attention” if they are involved in an accident. The charge carries a possible sentence of up to five years in jail.

An Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) study has indicated drivers using cell phones have a more difficult time performing complex maneuvers.


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