Police and partners come together in North Vancouver for Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Lower Mainland District, B.C., BC Highway Patrol, Traffic Patrol

2023-03-13 09:49 PDT

Police and partners come together in North Vancouver for Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

March is Distracted Driving Awareness month across the Province. Members of various law enforcement agencies including BC Highway Patrol, Metro Vancouver Transit Police, North Vancouver RCMP and West Vancouver PD in partnership with ICBC and RoadsafetyBC came together on March 6th, 2023 in North Vancouver to target distracted drivers and bring awareness to safety on our shared roadways.

During the event, many distracted drivers were completely unaware that they were being watched by police until they were directed to pull over. Collectively, officers served a total of 111 violation tickets for various traffic infractions, including 85 tickets for using an electronic device. Spokespeople from ICBC and BC Highway patrol were also on hand to speak to the media and answer questions.

This is an example of how we’re working to keep our highways safer together. states Constable Mike Moore of BC Highway Patrol. You are 3.6 times more likely to crash if you are using a smart phone, GPS, or any electronic device while driving. You have a responsibility to yourself, your passengers and others to drive safely and leave the phone alone.

The electronic device tickets handed out during the event carry fines of $368, along with 4 penalty points. Drivers are reminded to keep their eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel as police agencies and partners from all across BC will be out in force watching for distracted driving during the month of March and beyond.

Four officers on the road conducting distracted driving enforcement

BC Highway Patrol

Released by:

Cst. Mike Moore
Media Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-5761
Fax: 778-290-6071

Email: E_BCHP_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: bc-cb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/highway-patrol

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