There is a new program out there through the RCMP and ICBC entitled “Cell Watch”.
The program enlists volunteers to monitor busy intersections and write down the license plate numbers of the drivers they witness driving while distracted.
According to a report to council, so far this year 393 letters have been sent to distracted drivers spotted by the “Cell Watch” team in the first four months, up from 166 in the same period last year.
But what these violating drivers don’t receive is an actual ticket — or any other penalties for getting caught. Instead, drivers receive a letter to their home saying that they were spotted driving while distracted.
Simi spoke with Joanne Bergman, Richmond ICBC Road Safety Coordinator, about the “Cell Watch” program: