Kelowna drivers still getting distracted

Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section conducted enforcement Friday Nov. 25, targeting distracted drivers.

  • Tue Nov 29th, 2016 8:00am
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Over 80 drivers allegedly using an electronic device while driving were nabbed by Mounties last Friday.

“In approximately four and a half hours, officers issued a total of 64 fines, 46 of which were for the use of an electronic device while driving,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

The remainder of the fines issued were for vehicle defects, failing to wear seat belts and not possessing a valid driver’s licence.

“Our traffic enforcement officers were surprised when, within a one hour period, they issued three distracted driving violation tickets, to three different drivers each operating a company vehicle and all of whom were employed by the same Kelowna based business,” said O’Donaghey.

On Tuesday Nov.  22 enforcement officers with the RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services had also conducted enforcement which targeted distracted drivers using their cell phones. During a nearly three hour period officers handed out 36 violation tickets to drivers for the illegal use of an electronic device while behind the wheel.

“The fine for using an electronic device while driving remains at $368,” said O’Donaghey. “By taking your attention off of the roadway for even just a moment you greatly increase the chance of being involved in a collision.”