The Vancouver Police Department say they’ve issued more than 1,600 distracted driving tickets for the month of March.
The ticket blitz was part of a month-long campaign to combat distracted driving which kills dozens of British Columbians annually.
“Distracted driving puts everyone on the road at risk – it’s one of the leading causes of crashes with pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists,” says Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director responsible for road safety.
The minimum fine for distracted driving is $167.
Other police detachments employed some unique tactics to nab distracted drivers throughout March. The North Vancouver RCMP used a cherry picker to spot people texting or talking on their phones while driving.
Unfortunately our “eye in the sky officer” was very busy catching drivers on their cell phone. Forwarnd you were!! pic.twitter.com/yc8z1LJJP7
— North Vancouver RCMP (@nvanrcmp) March 23, 2016