PRINCE GEORGE, BC: March is Distracted Driving Awareness month in B.C. and law enforcement everywhere is out looking for distracted driving behaviour.
On March 3, 2022, the Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Services collaborated with B.C. Highway Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), ICBC and the Citizens on Patrol (COP) Volunteers for a kick-off event to Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
For several hours, enforcement officers from the partner agencies monitored traffic going through the intersection of Highways 16 and 97, watching for drivers not paying their full attention to the road. A bucket truck on loan from the City of Prince George, parked behind Mr. PG, enhanced their enforcement efforts. An officer from CVSE used this vantage point to spot drivers throughout the intersection and relayed that information to those on the road.
“This month highlights an important factor in maintaining our road safety, which is driver attention. When you are distracted, you react more slowly, putting yourself and those around you at risk. Distracted driving is the second leading cause of fatal crashes in B.C. and this behaviour is 100% preventable – it starts with you, the driver,” states Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, media spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP.
Here are the enforcement totals for the Distracted Driving Awareness kick-off:
- 24 violation tickets using a cell phone or electronic device while driving
- 9 violation tickets for driver not wearing a seat belt
- 3 violation tickets for too much front window tint
- 15 notice and order tickets for noted defects on the vehicle, three of which were for commercial vehicles
Police officers throughout Prince George will be watching for distracted driving behaviours during the month of March. The penalty for distracted driving is a $368 violation ticket and four points on your driver’s license.
Written and released by Prince George RCMP