WATCH: A driver on Vancouver Island was caught on video curling her hair…while driving. Kylie Stanton has the video and how people are reacting to it.
VANCOUVER – Despite the police crackdown on distracted driving, not everyone is getting the message.
This weekend, a passenger-shot video of a distracted driver in another another car, was posted to YouTube and sent to Global News.
The video was shot Saturday, around 7:15 p.m. on the Island Hwy. near Mostar Road, north of Nanaimo.
The person who shot the video, and who wishes to remain anonymous, tells Global News they pulled up beside the driver at the intersection at Mostar Rd. and the woman was already curling her hair. They stayed beside her almost until Aulds Rd. They estimate she was driving about 90 km/h and say she did not put her hands on the steering wheel once.
“It never fails to amaze you at the extent of distracted driving in some British Columbians,” says Transportation Minister Todd Stone. “We often talk about distracted driving in the context of operating a cell phone, or eating or drinking and whatnot, but to actually be driving what would appear to be with your knees, while you’re curling your hair, is beyond anything I’ve ever seen on our roads.”
WATCH FULL VIDEO: A woman was caught on camera on Saturday night, driving while curling her hair.
The woman in the video has not been identified, but Saanich Police say if she were charged, it would likely be for driving without due care and attention as a curling iron is not an electronic device.
The person who took the video says at first they laughed about what was happening, but as the woman continued to drive, it turned into disbelief.
“Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of crashes in this province and people are losing their lives completely unnecessarily,” adds Stone. “British Columbians need to put their handheld devices down, leave their curling irons at home and focus on the task at hand, which is to drive.
“I think, looking at a video like this, it certainly makes a strong case for perhaps broadening the message [around distracted driving] to beyond just perhaps texting, or talking on your phone. You need to have both hands on the wheel, you need to keep your eyes on the road.”
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