Distracted driving blitz in Kamloops leads to 98 tickets

Kamloops Mounties kicked off Distracted Driving Month with a traffic blitz that yielded nearly 100 tickets last Friday.

Officers issued 98 violations, including 64 tickets for using an electronic device while driving and 19 tickets for failing to wear a seatbelt during the roadside checks on Lansdowne Street and Columbia Street.

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“Distracted driving is responsible for more than 25 per cent of all car crash fatalities and is the second leading cause of fatal collisions in B.C.,” RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said.

“Every year, an average of 78 people die in fatal motor vehicle collisions in B.C. because the driver was distracted or not paying attention.”

Kamloops RCMP will be focusing on distracted driving and seatbelt use throughout the month of March.

Fines for distracted driving start at $368 and four demerit points, which cost an extra $175 for a first offence, for a total of $543.

Police recommend buckling up even if you are going short distances as the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $167.

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