This is where you will see Traffic Enforcement in May

Coquitlam, Public Alert

2023-05-03 13:48 PDT

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Coquitlam RCMP issued 1,484 violation tickets for the month of March and will continue road safety enforcement throughout May.

Coquitlam RCMP’s Traffic Team issued 582 tickets within High Accident Zones (HAZE) and continued to conduct High Visibility Enforcement (HVE). A major focus in March was distracted driving as part of the Provincial campaign aimed at intensifying enforcement.

Police in Coquitlam continue their road safety campaign and will continue to share monthly enforcement calendars.

See previous media release from January 19, 2023 for more information

See previous media release from February 21, 2023 for more information

See previous media release from April 4, 2023 for more information

On average, 77 people die every year in crashes related with distracted driving according to ICBC. Twenty-nine percent of all fatal collisions is related to distracted driving. Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Team uses HAZE and HVE to focus enforcement in an effort to reduce harm caused by unlawful behaviour, such as distracted driving.

Black pick-up truck pulled over for driving 100 km/hr in a 70 km/hr zone along the Maryhill Bypass in Port Coquitlam

View larger photo - Black pick-up truck pulled over for driving 100 km/hr in a 70 km/hr zone along the Maryhill Bypass in Port Coquitlam

Of the 582 violation tickets issued within HAZE, 79 were along Como Lake Avenue and Fowler, 102 were around Lougheed Highway and Shaughnessy Street and 172 were at Pinetree Way and Lougheed Highway. Police continue to see an increase of unlawful driving behaviour along the Maryhill Bypass and Coast Meridian area; issuing 229 violation tickets in these areas.

March madness was strong this month with over 500 violation tickets issued in our HAZE areas, said Staff Sergeant Mark McCutcheon, Coquitlam RCMP’s Traffic Services Commander. It’s a little disappointing to be issuing this many tickets, as distracted driving laws were enacted in 2009 and we would like to think that people are getting the message to leave their phones alone.

Police continue to urge drivers to leave their phones along and focus on the road. Distracted driving includes more than just cellphone use as it encompassing all things that impact a driver’s ability to focus on the road. The violation fines for distracted driving can also be costly, such as:

To learn more, visit ICBC’s Road Safety webpage for Distracted driving.

May Calendar

Monday, May 1

Tuesday, May 2

Wednesday, May 3

Sunday, May 7

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Wednesday, May 17

Thursday, May 18

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Thursday, May 25

Thursday, May 25

Released by:

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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