Distracted Driving Awareness campaign kick-off results

Prince George, BC Highway Patrol, Traffic Patrol

2022-03-10 10:31 PST

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.

Photo of a Municipal Traffic Vehicle 

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.

Photo of ICBC representative

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. 

Photo of a BC Highway Patrol vehicle

While most of the enforcement focused on drivers using their cell phones while driving or even when stopped at the red light, officers issued violation tickets for a number of other Motor Vehicle Act offenses, as well.

Photo of a CVSE vehicle 

Here are the enforcement totals for the Distracted Driving Awareness kick-off:

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.
 

Released by

Cpl. Jennifer Cooper

Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
princegeorge.rcmp.ca
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-613-3532

Email: pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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