Distracted Driving Enforcement Month a success in Prince George
2022-04-11 13:31 PDT
Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Services Unit and its partner agencies, B.C. Highway Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement, ICBC, and the RCMP volunteers, ramped up enforcement over the month of March, focusing attention on distracted drivers throughout Prince George.
Distracted driving is still a leading cause of crashes in B.C., accounting for more than one quarter of all car crash fatalities, states Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, media spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP.
The kickoff event, held on March 3, 2022, at the intersection of Highways 16 and 97, was a big success. By using an
eye in the sky approach, police and enforcement officers were able to spot distracted drivers across the large intersection and in all directions. However, enforcement did not stop there; the partner agencies met with Citizens on Patrol volunteers a number of times throughout March for targeted enforcement of distracted driving behaviours, as well as a variety of other observed infractions.
Here are the totals from all agencies for the month-long campaign:
- Use electronic device while driving x104
- Fail to wear seatbelt x20
- Excess front window tint x2
- No driver’s license x1
- Fail to yield to pedestrian x1
- Fail to produce driver’s license x1
- Prohibited driver x1
- Serve prohibition notice x1
- Impaired operation of a motor vehicle by drugs x1
- Notice and order to repair noted defects x21
We give special thanks to our RCMP volunteers, who logged a total of 117 volunteer hours during the campaign!
April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month. While police will be focusing on prolific offenders who target vehicles for their contents, we encourage everyone to do #BeCarSmart by practicing the 9pm routine and by ensuring you empty your vehicle of all belongings when you leave it.
Cpl. Jennifer CooperCommunications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
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