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Distracted driving bonanza

Vancouver police have handed out 1,500 tickets for distracted driving in less than four weeks.

The Vancouver Police Department issued a statement revealing the shocking number, Tuesday. And it will only grow larger as a month-long provincial distracted driving campaign continues.

While most drivers are leaving their phones alone, some are still making the choice to use one while behind the wheel, the department says.

“This high number is disappointing,” says acting Insp. Ken Eng of the VPD traffic section.

“We have seen first hand 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.”

During the campaign, which began March 1, officers have stepped up enforcement on distracted drivers.

An average of 88 people are killed every year in B.C. because of distracted driving, which makes it the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in the province. 

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