Blitz gets drivers’ attention

A one-day enforcement blitz by the South Okanagan Traffic Services on Monday resulted in 15 charges of people driving while using electronic devices.

  • Feb. 17, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A one-day enforcement blitz by the South Okanagan Traffic Services on Monday resulted in 15 charges of people driving while using electronic devices.

As part of the month-long push to reduce distracted driving, police chose Valentine’s Day to remind drivers to get home safe to their loved ones.

“The Society of Automotive Engineers conducted scientific studies that showed a person distracted by an electronic device has the same capabilities while operating a motor vehicle as a person who is impaired by alcohol. For the safety of yourself and other motorists, please don’t text, talk on the cell or handle your electronic device while operating a motor vehicle,” said Cpl. Bryce Petersen.

The enforcement project also resulted in 40 seatbelt charges, two drug seizures, three speeding charges and other various charges.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of enforcement of the distracted driving law. RCMP remind drivers if they need to make a phone call, check their email or text someone they are advised to use a hands-free device or pull their vehicle over. The fine for using an electronic device without hands-free while driving is $167. Drivers caught texting or emailing may receive three driver penalty points in addition to the fine. Those in the Graduated Licensing Program are not permitted to use any restricted electronic device, even if it is hands-free.