Local drivers apparently are not getting the text message or otherwise when it comes to distracted driving.
Members of the Penticton RCMP traffic division did a blitz recently in various areas of the city resulting in 28 charges, approximately $10,000 worth, over a 10-hour period relating to the use of cell phones while driving.
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Officers in plainclothes watched for vehicle operators talking or texting, who were then pulled over by waiting members and issued a $368 ticket.
According to Cpl. Ted Manchulenko, despite the steep fines, people are continuing to use their phones, something which results in a large number of serious accidents.