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Vancouver Police Crackdown on Illegal Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Mar 11, 2013

Using a cell phone or other electronic device while driving will cost you in British Columbia—the fine is $167. During the month of February 2013, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) issued over 6,000 tickets for the offense.

The law, enacted in the province in 2010, is getting more attention from law enforcement officials because so many serious accidents and fatalities are tied to distracted driving behaviors. According to Cpl. Robert McDonald, “Thirty per cent of our fatalities are attributed to distracted driving somehow. Because of those numbers, we'll keep targeting."

Vancouver Police participated in the blitz, handing out 672 tickets for using an electronic device while driving—down from 773 violations in the same month in 2012. In Surrey, RCMP officers ticketed 775 drivers using cell phones while driving, up from 677 a year ago. In addition, 23 other drivers were cited for driving without due care and attention—a more serious offense.

A spokesman for the Surrey RCMP says that drivers are “not getting the message about the dangers of distracted driving and putting themselves and others at heightened risk on our roadways. Our traffic investigators have seen too many traffic fatalities and serious collisions involving distracted driving."

Drivers needing to make a call, send a text, send an email, program their global positioning device (GPS), or get on the internet should first pull off the road to a safe place. They should also be aware that using an electronic device at a red light is illegal.

If you have been injured in a Vancouver car crash due to the actions of a distracted driver, contact an experienced Vancouver car accident lawyer at McComb Witten for a free case evaluation. Give us a call at 604-255-9018 or download a free copy of our report entitled The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know for more information.

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