VicPD wrote more than 70 tickets for distracted driving violations in September. (Courtesy of VicPD)

VicPD issues 74 distracted driving tickets in September sting

Plain clothes officers target distracted motorists in high-collision intersections

More than 70 distracted Victoria drivers went home with tickets in September thanks to a month-long VicPD sting that had plainclothes officers targeting violators at high-collision intersections.

READ ALSO: What exactly counts as distracted driving in B.C.?

The Minister of Public Safety, Solicitor general and ICBC provided support to police departments for concentrated distracted driving enforcement last month. According to an ICBC media release from 2017, distracted driving kills an average of 78 British Columbians annually – even more than the average number killed by impaired driving, which kills 66 people per year.

VicPD officers wrote 74 distracted driving tickets to motorists using electronic devices behind the wheel, one ticket for emailing/texting while driving, two tickets for using an electronic device while driving in violation of a driver’s licence restriction, six violation tickets and three written warnings.

READ ALSO: Saanich police penalize 72-year-old for ‘too many’ distracted driving infractions

Traffic officers in plain clothes took to high-collision intersections and roadways once a week, seeking out distracted drivers and receiving backup from officers in uniform, who pulled over the drivers and issued the tickets.



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Western Speedway racing legend ‘The Flying Plumber’ turns 98

Dave Cooper recalls car crashes, his first win, and more

Second puppy killed by poisonous mushrooms in Victoria

Springer spaniel puppy died after consuming mushrooms in Fairfield neighbourhood

Driver charged in Central Saanich pedestrian’s death appears in court

Victim Kim Ward, 51, died on scene at the August 2018 crash

Langford homeowner helps West Shore RCMP catch car thief

The homeowner grabbed the suspect until the police arrived moments later

Nuisance tree will remain on perimeter of Fireman’s Park

Council re-affirm pledge to protecting healthy tree canopy

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Most Read