RCMP issue dozens of tickets during distracted driving blitz

One-hour campaign caught many infractions, including 30 drivers using cellphones

RCMP issue dozens of tickets during distracted driving blitz

Drivers still are not getting the message, if a one-hour distracted driving blitz in Langley is any indicator.

On March 3, from 1:30 to 2:30, officers and volunteers targeted distracted drivers and those not wearing seat belts at the intersection of 199A Street and 96 Avenue.

The result, said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy, was 30 drivers ticketed for using their cellphones, 16 intersection infractions, eight drivers not wearing seatbelts, four drivers without a license or prohibited to drive, one without insurance and three driving offences.

March is Distracted Driving month. Langley RCMP Traffic Services  partnered with ICBC Road Safety and Community Policing volunteers to focus on targeted enforcement and educational awareness for motorists in the Langleys.

Mandatory seatbelt legislation has been in effect since 1977. Distracted driving legislation came into effect in 2010. A first time distracted driving ticket will cost you $543 in total – $368 for the violation ticket and $175 for the four demerit points.

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