Safety & Technology

DO NOT MIX: Driving and Technology

As a technology company, we are all for tech toys, gadgets and being connected all the time!  However there is one very, scary trend that needs to END!  Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving.

So we are having a contest and giving away gadgets to help you go handsfree (see below)

Inspired by one of our own employees (we won’t name names) for getting ticketed at a red light for picking up her cell phone and giving it to the passenger to make a call.  In fighting her ticket – she noticed how many people are NOT following the rules and even with enforcement, it seems more and more people feel the need to text back, check emails and answer every single call.

Doing research like this was an eye opener but didn’t help in front of the judge who explained the rules mean NO use of cell phone – even at a red light or while you are stuck in trafficSee rules below.

It seems even with the new rules, technology has become a serious addictionNotifications and ring tones simply need to be turned off.

No matter how many tickets get handed out or how many recent headlines talk about tragic accidents involving drivers crashing while on their phones or texting – some even resulting in death.  Why does this trend continue and in some cases, seem to be growing instead of lessening?

As the judge said, “everyone thinks they are safer at it than the next person.”    So let’s start with some stats that show why these laws were created to begin with :

Texting While Driving Statistics

  • About 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year.
  • While teenagers are texting, they spend about 10 percent of the time outside the driving lane they’re supposed to be in.
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
  • Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. That is enough time to travel the length of a football field.


We here at Matrix want to help get people off their phones while driving.  So we are giving away handsfree devices and bluetooths to use in case of emergency or GPS.

Before we get to how you can get a FREE device, here are the rules from ICBC’s website about holding, viewing and operating a hand held device.

What does B.C.’s ban on driver use of phones and other devices include? 

As of Jan. 1, 2010, B.C.’s new law will make it illegal for drivers to use hand-held cellphones and other portable electronic devices. Among the prohibitions:

No operating, viewing or holding hand-held cellphones or other electronic devices

No sending or reading emails and/or texting (e.g., BlackBerry, PDA, cell phone)

No holding hand-held music or portable gaming devices (e.g., MP3 players, iPods)

No manual programming or adjusting GPS systems, whether built into the vehicle or not, while driving. Settings must be programmed before driving

No viewing of a television screen

Any of the above devices can be used if the vehicle is legally parked and not impeding traffic, and to call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

In addition to the above restrictions, new drivers enrolled in the Graduated Licensing Program are prohibited from using hands-free communications devices while driving, including cellphones.

A person may listen to sound from a hand-held audio player if:

  • The device is not held in the person’s hand; and
  • The device is securely fixed to the motor vehicle or worn securely on the person’s body in a manner that does not obstruct the person’s view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor.

You may use an electronic device in a hands-free telephone function while driving if:

  • The electronic device, as well as any part or extension of it, is not held or operated by the hand; and
  • It is voice-activated or requires only one touch in order to initiate, accept or end a call; and
  • If the device includes an earpiece, that earpiece can be worn in one ear only and must be placed on the ear prior to driving*; and
  • The electronic device is securely fixed to the vehicle or worn securely on the person’s body, and is within easy reach of the driver’s seat; and
  • The device must be installed in a manner that does not obstruct the driver’s view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.

*Motorcyclists are exempt from the one ear requirement and may have an earpiece in both ears.

As well, manual dialling is prohibited and is treated as texting.

Two-way radios that operate on a set frequency (principally used for commercial purposes and by federally licensed amateur radio operators) and mobile data terminals are not included in the scope of the electronic device prohibitions, and can be used by any licensed driver.

Hand-held devices can be used to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency, or if the driver has pulled over and is out of the flow of traffic.

CONTEST DETAILS – easy to win, just send us a message via social media on how you can share this story, spread the word, ask your friends and families to go and stay handsfree etc!  That’s it.  Call the marketing department for more info if required and ideas are always welcome.

Contact us for a consultation so we can assess your technology needs and how we may be able to provide easy,

cost effective and new age solutions so you can make the most of your time and focus on making a profit!

Matrix is I.T. with integrity and intelligence!  604-541-8957

Also check us out on social media for tips, tech news and even to win free tech toys:  @GoMatrixGroup

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