Councillor Rob Goffinet, Doug MacDonald, and councilor Mario Feldhoff, mayor Phil Germuth and councilor Mary Murphy.

Councillor Rob Goffinet, Doug MacDonald, and councilor Mario Feldhoff, mayor Phil Germuth and councilor Mary Murphy.

District council receives award for distracted driving program

Fleet vehicles all get decals

The District of Kitimat last week received an award from ICBC for taking the lead in northwest B.C. to roll out a campaign to combat distracted driving.

ICBC regional Road Safety and Community Co-ordinator Doug MacDonald traveled to Kitimat to present a plaque to council during a regular council meeting last week.

“The award is in recognition of the District forging a partnership with the ICBC by putting decals on the driver’s side window on all their fleet vehicles,” said MacDonald. “Kitimat took a leadership role for their staff and for the community.”

He said Kitimat was one of the first of 16 municipalities to take the lead with the campaign, which he said is a great way to get the message out there about distracted driving.

He added the decals were also instrumental in creating the opportunity for conversation.

“Having the District come on board strengthens the message – accidents as a result of distracted driving are absolutely preventable,” said MacDonald.

He said municipalities in the north were ahead of the rest of the province when it came to rolling out the campaign.