Const. Melissa Burroughs chatted with a driver who had been pulled over at a distracted driving blitz on March 17.

Distracted drivers don’t notice cops

Drivers on cell phones were ticketed in a day-long blitz last week.

The Langley RCMP nabbed a number of distracted drivers during a blitz on March 17 as part of Distracted Driver’s Month.

Local Mounties set themselves up just south of 96th Avenue on 199 Street, where many cars head into Langley from Port Kells and the Golden Ears Bridge.

A spotter in plainclothes watched for drivers on the phone, texting, not wearing seatbelts, or committing other infractions, and radioed to uniformed officers stationed just around the curve of the road.

Drivers were then pulled over and a number were ticketed.

In one day, the officers gave out 38 violation tickets for distracted driving alone, said Cpl. Holly Largy, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

They also gave out another 18 tickets for not wearing a seatbelt, 15 for intersection violations, and 15 for a variety of other reasons.

“When you’re distracted, you react slower. You’re four times more likely to crash if you’re on the phone while driving,” Hilary Matheson, local road safety coordinator said in a press release. “Focus on the road, not on your phone, and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Largy again noted that the cost of a distracted driving ticket is higher than the cost of a hands-free Bluetooth device.

Every year, on average, 81 people are killed in distracted driving incidents in the Lower Mainland, said Largy.


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