Distracted Driving & Walking

Mobile devices are ubiquitous, but when used while driving or walking they cause serious distraction and endanger yourself and others.

Did you Know?

  • Distracted driving is responsible for more than one quarter (28%) of all car crash fatalities in BC
  • You are 5 times more likely to crash if you're on your phone
  • 55 pedestrians are killed each year in BC
  • Distracted driving results in more deaths in BC than impaired driving

Upcoming Events

As part of ICBC’s Distracted Driving Awareness month, SFU Traffic Safety is sponsoring numerous events across the campuses in support of driver and pedestrian safety. SRS will also be joined by ICBC, the RCMP, and Transit Police. Check out any of the follow events:

  • Tues, March 20th (11:30 - 3:30pm), Discovery 1 Atrium - Fraser International College
  • Wed, March 21st (10:30 – 3:00pm), North AQ Concourse - SFU Burnaby Campus
  • Tues, March 27th (10:30 – 3:00pm), Surrey Mezzanine - SFU Surrey Campus

Highlights include a tabletop driving simulator, distracted texting obstacle course, photo booths, and a prize wheel. Also pick up cell phone card pouches and enter to win two Amazon gift cards.


  • Don't call, text, or email. Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving.
  • Turn it off and put it out of sight to avoid the temptation to check your phone.
  • Assign a designated texter. Ask your passengers to make or receive calls and texts for you. 
  • Pull over to make or receive a call when it's safe to do so.
  • Use the 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature on iOS devices, 'In-Traffic Reply' on Samsung phones, or download a similar app to help you avoid using your phone while driving.


  • Don't use your cellphone at a red light. The law applies whenever you're in control of the vehicle.
  • Keep your hands off. Hands-free means a Bluetooth, wired headset or speakerphone that can be operated with one touch or voice commands. Make sure to secure the cellphone before driving.
  • If you have a Learner's (L) or Novice (N) licence, you aren't allowed to use any electronic device behind the wheel, for any purpose, even in hands-free mode.
  • Make sure you understand the law on how to use electronic devices while driving (RoadSafetyBC)