A participant tries navigating a go cart while talking on a cellphone during a distracted driving presentation that took place in Terrace last month.

RCMP urging drivers not to get distracted

Greater numbers of distracted and speeding drivers were pulled over by BC RCMP provincial Integrated Road Safety Units

Greater numbers of distracted and speeding drivers were pulled over by BC RCMP provincial Integrated Road Safety Units this May long weekend, as compared to last year. The one bright note was a significant reduction in impaired drivers on roads, which was something police were grateful to see.

“There are some mistaken beliefs out there – we see them on social media – that police are handing out tickets to help increase revenues. I want to clarify that fines don’t go to police. And we’re not trying to cherry-pick easy targets to meet some quota,” says Constable Melissa Wutke, spokesperson for BC RCMP Traffic services.

“However, we would like to stop going to horrific crash scenes.”

She points out that speeding, distracted driving, not using seatbelts and impaired driving are still the leading causes of death and injury on B.C. roads.

The May long weekend marks the traditional start of summer holidays, and it’s also the start of BC RCMP Traffic Services summer enforcement. Below are the stats from the May 2016 long weekend, including violation tickets, and potentially vehicle impounds or criminal charges. Stats from May 2015 are indicated in brackets.

• Distracted driving, and driving without due care/consideration – 264 (199)

• Seatbelts – 254 (275)

• Speeding – 2,404  of which 161 were for excessive speed (2,078 of which 122 were for excessive speed)

• Impaired by drug or alcohol – 160 (224)

 

“Remember we’re going to be on the roads all summer long, and many times we’re going to see you before you see us,” says Cst. Wutke. “So buckle up, keep your eyes on the road, your speed reasonable, and your mind on your driving.”

 

 

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