Several RCMP attended the scene of an accident on Wednesday morning in which a distracted driver hit a barrier on Highway 97 just north of Penticton. Kristi Patton/Western News

Distracted driver hits highway barrier

RCMP are reminding drivers to put their phones down and pay attention to driving

RCMP are reminding drivers to put their phones down and pay attention to driving.

On Wednesday morning, Penticton RCMP attended the scene of an accident on Highway 97 between Penticton and Kaleden for a driver that received a $368 ticket for distracted driving.

Const. Don Wrigglesworth said the southbound driver crashed into the safety barriers along the highway. Airbags were deployed, but Wrigglesworth said the 40-year old driver did not receive any injuries.

Related: Video of man scrolling through Facebook while driving gets online attention

“More than 800 crashes occur every day in B.C., many of these caused by distracted driving,” said Kathleen Nadalin, ICBC road safety co-ordinator. “No call or text is worth the risk. Distracted driving is a dangerous and preventable behaviour that we must all commit to ending.”

Related: Penticton drivers given $10,000 in fines in 10-hour timeframe

According to RCMP the first offence for distracted driving will cost drivers a ticket of $368. ICBC will also charge a $175 in penalty premiums and any New or Learner drivers will face an automatic review of their license. A second offence means ICBC will penalize you an extra $520 over the cost of your ticket and you’ll receive an automatic review of your license no matter your age or driving experience.

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