Drivers not putting cell phones down say police

Kelowna cops hand out 25 tickets in 90 minute during road-side blitz.

Kelowna RCMP say distracted drivers are just not getting the message.

On Thursday afternoon, Kelowna RCMP municipal traffic section officers and officers with the forces’s Central Okanagan traffic services unit stopped more than 25 drivers using an electronic devices while driving and/or not wearing their seat belts.

The traffic stops, conducted along Springfield Road, targeted distracted drivers behind the wheel. In approximately 90 minutes, the officers issued a total of 25 violations, most of which were for the use of an electronic devices while driving.

Other fines issued were for failing to wear seat belts, but police say if speeding had been their focus, they would have also been extremely busy giving out tickets for that too.

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

In a news release Friday, the RCMP there were also numerous vehicles that were not able to be stopped for either seat belt or cell phone violations as all the officers were already tied up dealing with other motorist they stopped.

One of the distracted drivers stopped during this blitz had five previous convictions for the same offence of using an electronic device while driving.

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

Lake Country couple to be recognized with heritage award

James, Anita Baker will receive the Central Okanagan Heritage Society’s Distinguished Service Award

Flipped car snarls Kelowna rush hour traffic

North-bound traffic on Highway 97 backed up Monday afternoon

Suspect in West Kelowna home break-ins apprehended

Police say 31-year-old West Kelowna man is in custody and is also wanted on Canada-wide warrants

UPDATE: Kelowna snowboarder being mourned at Big White

He was a local snowboarder, who went to Rutland high school.

Hope raises thousands for two Kelowna charities

The event Hope in Her Eyes managed to raise more than $17,000 for two Kelowna non-profits

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

NDP Health Minister calls to offer woman seat on Interior Health Board

Joyce Beddow-Buckland of Ashcroft was surprised by the call, and accepted the offer.

No decision yet from Sagmoen bail hearing

Provincial court judge is expected to decide next week if Silver Creek man to remain in custody

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Vagina Monologues hits the Kelowna stage this week

Okanagan production set to target a hot topic: vaginas

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

Most Read