Kelowna RCMP issue tickets every six minutes

Kelowna

2022-11-24 08:54 PST

In a two-hour span on November 17,2022 the Kelowna RCMP Traffic Unit conducted a distracted driving blitz in the 600 block of Raymer Avenue within a school zone.

During that time frame Officers issued 20 distracted driving tickets while another ten drivers managed to avoid a fine only because Officers were unable to keep up.

Considering this location was inside a school zone and the roads being icy, these numbers are very concerning to all us said Cst. Mike Della-Paolera Kelowna RCMP Media Relations Officer.

Every distracted driving ticket comes with a $368 fine and adds four driver penalty points to your driving record. This could result in a further penalty, if a driver has four or more points at the end of 12 months that person will pay a Driver Penalty Point (DPP) premium.

On average, 76 people die yearly in crashes where distracted driving is a contributing factor. It is responsible for over one-quarter (27%) of all car crash fatalities in BC.

Using a hand-held device has been prohibited in BC since 2010, including while stopped at a red light or stop sign. Stats are from ICBC.

 

Released by

Cst. Mike Della-Paolera

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP
kelowna.rcmp.ca
1190 Richter Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6V7
Office: 250-859-1470

Email: Kelowna_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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