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Comox Valley RCMP bust 20 for inattentive driving

Earlier this month, the Comox Valley RCMP's traffic services section set up an operation in an effort to identify violators.

In about two hours, 20 violation tickets were issued as a result of drivers using their electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.

As of Jan. 1, 2010, it has been against the law in B.C for drivers to use hand-held cell phones and other portable electronic devices. Included in these prohibitions:

• No operating, viewing or holding hand-held cell phones or other electronic devices.

• No sending or reading emails and/or texting (examples are Blackberry, PDA, cell phone).

• No holding hand-held music or portable gaming devices (examples are MP3 players, iPods).

• No viewing of a television screen.

Any of the above devices can be used if the vehicle is legally parked and not impeding traffic.

May also be used to call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

RCMP want to remind people that it is not only dangerous to drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic device, it is also illegal. Possible fines under the Motor Vehicle Act include but are

not limited to:

• Section 214.2(1) Use an electronic device while driving — $167 fine.

• Section 214.2(2) E-mailing or texting while driving — $167 fine.

— Comox Valley RCMP

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