Renewed focus on focussed driving: Tri Cities police upping enforcement for Distracted Driving Month this March

Coquitlam

2020-03-02 10:14 PST

A police officer stops a small, black hatchback as part of Distracted Driving Month. 

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Even though you’re 5 times more likely to get into a crash when you’re using your phone, 1 in 3 British Columbians still admit to using their phone while driving*.

For Coquitlam RCMP and Port Moody Police, it’s pretty clear that another big push is needed in education and enforcement, and that’s exactly what’s happening in March as part of Distracted Driving Month.

We will have extra enforcement all month, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. And on March 10, 2020, we’ll be working with Port Moody Police and ICBC on a major Distracted Driving Blitz starting at 11:00 a.m. Consider this your fair warning.

If you are pulled over by police for using an electronic device, you face a violation ticket that carries a $368 fine. When you factor in the 4 penalty points worth $252, you’re already up to $620.

The best-case scenario is that you will make the decision to put your phone away and focus on the road. That will make you safer and cost you nothing, says Corporal McLaughlin. Obviously, we know that won’t happen for some of you, so part of ‘educating’ people will have to include writing tickets until it does.

*Source: ICBC Distracted Driving infographic, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and Ipsos Reid. 

 

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Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

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Coquitlam RCMP
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