RCMP Aim To Hammer Home Message: Leave Your Phone Alone While Driving
Prince George, BC – If you’re texting while driving, you might miss the highly visible, “Not While Driving” signs going up around the city as RCMP launch another Distracted Driving campaign…
“It is astonishing how many people continue to use their devices while driving,” says Sergeant Matt LaBelle, the officer in charge of the Detachment’s Municipal Traffic Services Section.
LaBelle says there are no messages or conversations important enough to endanger yourself, your loved ones, or others on the road. “We will continue to target those people until they get the message that it is not acceptable.”
As part of the road safety initiative, he says Citizens on Patrol volunteers will also be out observing offenders throughout the community and providing messaging to drivers from now until the middle of October.
The initiative is part of ICBC’s Hang-Up Project. Road Safety Coordinator, Doug MacDonald, says, “You’re five times more likely to crash if you’re using your phone, so, when you’re behind the wheel, stay focused.”
This past June, the fines for Distracted Driving in BC more than doubled – the total fine, with penalty points, is now $543 for a first offence and $888 for a second offence.