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52 distracted drivers ticketed

The RCMP's traffic division in Kamloops ticketed 52 drivers for using an electronic device, such as a cell phone, during a two-day blitz last week.

The enforcement was part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in B.C.

Police said distracted driving is the second leading contributing factor in fatal crashes across the province, resulting in an average of 78 fatalities every year and a key contributor to injury crashes, which include pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles.

The fine for using an electronic device while driving is $368 and four points on your driver’s licence.  The fine for a second offence in the same year goes up to $888.

Another shocking statistic from the Mar. 9-10 blitz was the number of people caught who were not wearing seatbelt. Police said 59 drivers were ticketed.



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