Police stepping up enforcement on distracted drivers

Police are stepping up enforcement on distracted drivers throughout the month of February, according to a report from the Vancouver Police Department to Vancouver Observer.

Here's more from the press release:


Distracted driving remains the third leading cause of fatal collisions in British Columbia. Approximately 90 people are killed every year as a result of drivers focusing on a handheld device instead of the road.

Police are reminding drivers to use a hands-free device or pull over to the side of the road in a safe location to make a call, text a friend or send an email.

The fine for using an electronic device or texting while driving is $167.00.

“Is there a text, email or phone call so urgent that you are willing to risk the safety or life of another person?” says the Inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Traffic Section, Les Yeo.

Read More:

More in News

Vancouver's bicycle sharing grows as 15 new stations installed

Mobi bicycle by Shaw Go in Vancouver. Photo by Christopher Porter from Flickr Creative Commons

International Women's Day Concert celebrates female musicians who turned tragedy into triumph

Every March 8, on International Women's Day, we hear about the achievements of brilliant, talented women around the world. But how often do we learn about the physical and mental disabilities or...

Deputy Provincial Health Office and Vancouver Police Sergeant Call Addiction a Health Problem, not a Criminal One

An evening panel focused on addressing the opioid overdose crisis: a public health disaster that saw almost 1,500 deaths provincially in 2017.
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.