A two-day police crackdown on distracted drivers yielded a lot of tickets and a few arrests for more serious matters.
On Sept. 17 and 18, Langley RCMP officers stationed themselves near busy intersections and pulled over drivers who were texting or talking on handheld phones while driving.
Over just two hours each day, the officers issued 158 tickets, made arrests for drug possession and driving while prohibited, and impounded a vehicle.
"Over half the tickets were issued for distracted driving, followed by seatbelt and intersection safety," said Const. Craig Van Herk, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
The crackdown is part of a month-long provincial campaign involving both police and ICBC. It involved volunteers holding signs warning about distracted driving. If drivers ignored or missed this fair warning, they would soon pass plainclothes officers acting as spotters, then uniformed officers ready to pull them over and issue tickets. [Police crack down on distractions, Sept. 19, Langley Advance].
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