VPD Crack down on distracted drivers
As the Vancouver Police department wraps up its one-month crackdown on distracted driving with a massive haul, the Traffic Enforcement Unit says harsher penalties are warranted.FULL STORY: http://cknw.cms.socastsrm.com/2016/03/30/vpd-wraps-distracted-driving-crackdown-with-call-for-tougher-penaltiesPosted by News Talk 980 CKNW on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Shelby Thom and Simon Little
As the Vancouver Police department wraps up its one-month crackdown on distracted driving with a massive haul, the Traffic Enforcement Unit says harsher penalties are warranted.
Constable Mike Keller says the number of tickets issued proves there’s still a ways to go.
“In the average year we will write over 9,000 distracted driving tickets alone. The month of March, we’ve been lucky, and we’ve written over 1600 distracted driving tickets in the month of March alone.”
1600 distracted driving tickets issued in one month
Keller says drivers don’t seem to be getting the message, and as such, he’s in favour of a plan by BC’s Superintendent of Motor Vehicles to boost fines in May.
“I think an increased fine would definitely have some type of decrease in behaviour for sure.”
Right now the fine in BC is $167 dollars and three penalty points.
In Ontario, the fine is up to $1000 dollars, while in Alberta, the fine is $287 dollars.
Last year the VPD issued around 800 more tickets for distracted driving compared to 2013.