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.

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