The May long weekend marks the start of the annual crackdown on dangerous driving in BC, and this year the RCMP have a new tool to help them nab people using their phones while driving: the distracted driving scope.
These scopes can spot drivers who may be on their phones up to 1.2 km away, and are attached to cameras so police have photographic proof of the offense if needed.
Melissa Wutke, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Traffic Services says distracted driving has become one of the top dangerous driving behaviours in B.C.
“It’s amazing how many people think they have a unique ability to drive a 4,000 pound object hurting down the road, without needing to watch where they’re going, but that mistaken belief killed 66 people in 2014 on BC roads.”
Under the new fines for distracted driving that kick in on June 1, a first offense will now cost drivers $543.
Last year during the May long weekend, the RCMP in BC handed out 199 tickets for using an electronic device while driving.