RCMP double number of issued distracted driving tickets, despite higher fines

Coquitlam Mounties issued 145 tickets for the illegal acts in March, during province-wide blitz

Despite stiffer fines, Coquitlam RCMP say their officers handed out double the number of distracted driving tickets last month compared to the same time during the year before.

In March, which is Distracted Driving month across B.C., Coquitlam Mounties issued 145 tickets for the offence, compared to 75 tickets during the same month in 2017.

“Ultimately our goal is not to write tickets, but to educate people that distracted driving is illegal, dangerous, and carries stiff financial penalties,” Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said in a news release.

“As long as people ignore that message, we’ll continue to use innovative techniques to try to keep our roads safe.”

READ MORE: Tougher penalties for distracted drivers in B.C.

READ MORE: ICBC rates could go up 30 per cent by 2019, report shows

Those fforts include using a bucket truck to spot people using their phones behind the wheel, as well as using spotters on bikes and motorcycles or walking through rows of cars at stop lights.

Distracted driving accounts for an average of 78 deaths per year, according to ICBC – more than drunk driving deaths.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Coroner to hold inquest into Abbotsford death of RCMP spokesperson

Pierre Lemaitre died of self-inflicted injuries in 2013

Theft of floral hanging baskets blooms into creative project

Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford turns negative into positive

Langley City prefers Skytrain but will accept LRT, with conditions

Council declared Skytrain “superior” to planned LRT connection during December closed-door meeting

Fraser Valley coach keeps coming back to guide kids at the BC Summer Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Investigation ramps up at home of Sukhpreet Grewal, found dead in house

Police deemed the death to be homicide Friday, Saturday brought a surge of investigators to the area

Update: Police probe Toronto shooting that killed 2, injured 12; suspected gunman dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Deadly L.A. market shooting started with domestic feud

A domestic incident ended after a car crashed into a pole outside Trader Joe’s market

Another heat wave to hit B.C.’s south coast

Temperatures expected to hit the mid-30s in some areas this week

Sunken duck boat to be raised after deadly Missouri accident

17 people died over the weekend in a deadly boat incident

Man extradited to Canada in Burnaby killing, following arrest in South Korea

28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder

Canada beats Triple Crown for Canada Cup softball title

National team’s championship is first at B.C. tournament since 1996

Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

The temperature in a city north of Tokyo reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, the highest ever recorded in Japan.

Feds looking at ways to tackle wave of gun violence in Toronto: Minister

Toronto mayor John Tory spoke to the press following a mass casualty event in Toronto.

Most Read