Kelowna RCMP nab drivers on the phone
Kelowna police officers spent time over the past few days targeting drivers using their cell phones while operating a vehicle.
They issued 18 violation tickets for using a cell phone while driving.
Police have plans for more targeted enforcement in the coming weeks.
The fine for using an electronic device without a hands-free appliance, while driving, is $167.
Drivers caught texting or emailing may receive three driver penalty points (DPP) in addition to the fine.
Drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) are not permitted to use any prescribed electronic device, even if it is hands-free. GLP drivers will receive the $167 fine and three penalty points for violating the distracted driving legislation.
If drivers need to make a phone call on a cellular phone or check email, they are advised to use a hands free device, or pull their vehicle over.
Police will continue to target distraction devices and intersections. They are looking for any driver behaviour that takes their attention from the road. That includes texting while driving, talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving, putting on makeup while driving or reading a newspaper or book while driving.
Kelowna RCMP want drivers to put their phones away and pay attention to the road. It isn't just illegal. it's dangerous, they reiterate.
For full details of banned and permitted devices under the law, see www.drivecellsafe.ca.