Cops hand out distracted driving tickets

A recent enforcement action saw RCMP's Central Okanagan and Kelowna Municipal Traffic Services hand out tickets

  • Feb. 22, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Cops hand out distracted driving tickets

Mounties handed out Violation Tickets to almost 100 motorists Feb. 16, while working in the Lake Country area.

They were looking for speeding and for distracted driving, and there was no shortage of examples.   In seven hours, at two different locations and 45 speeding tickets were handed out for those going in excess of 25 km/hr more than the posted speed limit.

Fifty motorists were given tickets for Distracted Driving offenses, which carry a fine of $368 and four demerit points. Additionally, one motorist was given an Immediate Roadside Prohibition for Alcohol.

“It is astonishing to see that, despite the public outcry and resulting increase in fines and points, so many motorists are still driving while distracted by Electronic Devices,” said Const. Steve Holmes of the Kelowna Municipal Traffic Services.

March is Distracted Driving month in B.C. and the RCMP are asking motorists to be cognizant of the fact that distracted driving is a leading cause of Motor Vehicle fatalities in British Columbia, according to ICBC.