Distracted Driving Campaign Nabs 16 Drivers
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince Georg e RCMP ticketed 16 drivers during its March Distracted Driving Campaign.
Though a seemingly low number, Cpl. Craig Douglass says Mounties pulled out all the stops to nab such drivers – including using fully-marked police cars, unmarked and unconventional police cars. He says they even rode public buses to observe drivers using their devices while driving.
He says the tickets cost each first-time offender $543 – an initial fine of $368, plus four demerit points adding an additional $175.
Douglass says Citizens on Patrol also observed over 4,700 vehicles over the course of the month and caught 57 drivers texting or talking on their cell phones. He says warning letters will be sent to those drivers.
Police say the crash risk is 23 times higher for those who text while driving and is the second-leading contributing factor in vehicle fatalities in B.C. with 88 deaths a year.