Are people in Vancouver putting away their phones while driving?
Two months after the government introduced heftier fines to crack down on distracted drivers, the Vancouver Police Department says numbers are lower but not by much.
Constable Brian Montague says June and July saw a slight decrease this year at 896 tickets, compared to last year in the same time period.
“In June and July of 2015, our officers here in Vancouver wrote 981 tickets for the use of an electronic device while driving a car.”
“The more enforcement and the more resources we put to something, the higher the numbers we’re going to see. If we don’t have the resources to put to that, the numbers will drop.
Police are also after stubborn offenders.
“Because the fines have gone up substantially, it would be interesting to see if we’re getting the same number of individuals that are repeatedly getting tickets.”
But he says to take those numbers with a grain of salt.
Stats fluctuate with boots on the ground.