Vancouver Police officers have written 1500 distracted driving tickets since the launch of the Provincial Distracted Driving campaign on March 1.
While most drivers are leaving their phones alone, some are still making the choice to use one while behind the wheel.
“This high number is disappointing,” says Acting Inspector Ken Eng of the VPD Traffic Section. “We have seen first-hand the consequences of distracted driving. Leave your phone alone and pay attention to the road. No call or text is worth that kind of risk.”
During the campaign, officers have stepped up enforcement on distracted driving. An average of 88 people are killed every year in B.C. because of distracted driving, which makes it the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in the province.
Source: VPD media releases