Police are reminding drivers to stay off their phones after a distracted driving blitz that had startling results.
On Tuesday, March 3, Langley Traffic Services conducted two undercover operations as part of Distracted Driving Enforcement Day.
One campaign took place on Highway 10 at Glover Road and included an undercover officer on foot. The other took place at 64 Avenue at 200 Street and included an officer on a bike.
The Langley RCMP say in a statement that during a five-hour window, 27 violation tickets were issued to distracted drivers. The tickets reportedly added up to more than $15,000 in fines and penalties.
“Fortunately, none of the violations were issued as the result of a collision but the potential for disaster was very real,” says Corporal Holly Largy, Media Relations Officer for the Langley RCMP. “Roughly one in four fatal crashes on BC roads involves driver distraction.”
Anyone caught for distracted driving can be ticketed and issued a fine of $368. The ticket will also include four penalty points towards the person’s Driver Risk Premium (DRP).
Anyone with more than four points within a 12-month period is required to pay a premium on top of their existing insurance policy, which starts at $252 and increases as points accumulate.