Being distracted while driving is not fine — it’s a fine

The Comox Valley RCMP have handed out 180 violation tickets in 2012 for Using Electronic Devices While Driving.

The Comox Valley RCMP have handed out 180 violation tickets in 2012 for Using Electronic Devices While Driving.

Despite the $167 fine, some drivers just don’t seem to be getting the message about the dangers of driving while using an electronic device, say the RCMP. ICBC is running a Distracted Driving campaign until the end of September in an attempt to educate drivers of the risks and the Comox Valley RCMP are assisting ICBC by continuing their enforcement.

The Comox Valley Municipal Traffic Section has been educating drivers over the summer. When drivers are stopped, they are provided with a copy of the definitions and the fine amounts regarding the Use Of Electronic Devices While Driving (to download a copy of this document go to www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/osmv/shareddocs/electronic-devices-while-driving.pdf).

You may also visit the Comox Valley RCMP at 800 Ryan Rd. in  Courtenay for a copy of this document.

ICBC statistics show that drivers miss half of what is going on around them when talking or texting on cell phones. Drivers who use a cell phone while driving are also four times more likely to be involved in a collision.

“Many drivers are still using their cell phone while stopped at intersections,” states Const. Line West of the Comox Valley’s Municipal Traffic Section, and they are receiving fines.

The Comox Valley RCMP remind drivers that even when stopped at an intersection or slowed in traffic, you are still driving and your attention to the road is important for everyone’s safety.

— Comox Valley RCMP Traffic Services