Significant results for March distracted driving campaign


2017-04-07 09:12 PDT

two photographs: first photo is of woman holding steering wheel with one hand and the other hand holding a cell pphone, second picture if of sandwich board with image of a cell phone ana red line through it and says "if you're driving leave the phone alone."

The Burnaby RCMP made an impact on the number of distracted drivers on the roads in Burnaby this past March during the Distracted Driving Campaign.

Police, with the assistance of community volunteers, issued 764 tickets during the month of March, as part of the provincial Distracted Driving Campaign. In addition to those tickets, 28 warning were given.

This is a significant number of tickets being issued for distracted driving offences in this city. Some drivers are just not getting the message of how dangerous it is to drive while distracted by talking or texting on their mobile device says Corporal Daniela Panesar, spokesperson for Burnaby RCMP. She also added that distracted driving is a leading cause of serious injury and fatal motor vehicle collisions in the province of British Columbia.

The Burnaby RCMP would like to thank motorists who make the conscious decision to put their cell phones away while driving. It is important for all motorists to know that it is against the law to text, email, talk, or otherwise, hold an electronic device in their hand while operating a motor vehicle. This includes being stopped at a red light. If it is absolutely necessary to make or take a call, please ensure you use a hands-free device. Better yet, wait until you have stopped and parked your vehicle before you start texting or calling.

A reminder that even though the campaign is over distracted driving enforcement will continue throughout the year.

For more information on distracted driving visit the ICBC website.

Released by

Cpl. Daniela Panesar

Media Relations Officer
Burnaby Detachment
6355 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC
Office: 604-646-9900
Fax: 604-646-9704


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