Cellphone, seatbelt blitz nabs dozens of drivers
The message does not appear to be getting through to Kamloops drivers, according to police.
More than 100 local motorists were ticketed over the weekend as the local RCMP highway patrol conducted a blitz on drivers failing to buckle up and using cellphones behind the wheel.
According to RCMP numbers, a total of 117 tickets and 35 warnings were handed out during the one-day enforcement campaign on Friday, March 16.
Mounties set up at a number of intersections in Kamloops, stationing a plainclothes officer on the sidewalk to watch for drivers in violation of seatbelt or cellphone laws.
During the blitz, 53 tickets were handed out for failing to wear a seatbelt — in addition to 38 for using an electronic device while driving, 24 for other violations and two for prohibition notices.
Police say a further 35 warnings were doled out.
Anyone caught using a cellphone — or other handheld electronic device — and driving in B.C. is subject to a $167 fine.