Vancouver police have announced that they handed out 1,500 tickets for distracting driving since the start of the month.
That's because, on March 1, a provincewide distracted driving campaign kicked off.
“This high number is disappointing,” acting inspector Ken Eng of the VPD traffic section stated in a news release today (March 24). “We have seen firsthand the consequences of distracted driving. Leave your phone alone and pay attention to the road. No call or text is worth that kind of risk.”
But it can't be disappointing from a police revenue perspective.
At $167 a pop, that's $250,500 in tickets.
The VPD website notes that it's illegal to "use an electronic device while driving or operating a motor vehicle, which includes talking, texting and emailing".
"Drivers stopped in traffic or at a traffic light are still considered to be operating a motor vehicle and included in the definition of 'driving,'" the site states.