Prince Rupert RCMP Conduct Distracted Driving Blitz

4/13/2018

Prince Rupert RCMP say have released results from a recent distracted driving blitz.

Officers handed out a total of four tickets during a month long enforcement campaign.

Corporal Devon Gerrits notes while it may be positive to see only four tickets handed out -- one is still too many.

He says they will be consequences for being distracted behind the wheel.

"The fine for distracted driving is $368 and it's also four points on your licence which means it increases your insurance premiums."

He adds there are various ways you could be driving distracted.

"The main one is using electronic devices like cell phones. It could also include having morning breakfast while heading to work and even applying make-up and things like that. However, we typically don't see that kind of behaviour here in Prince Rupert."

On average, 78 people are killed each year as a result of distracted driving across the province, according to ICBC stats.

Gerrits notes Mounties will constantly be out and about ensuring motorists are following the rules of the road.