Police crack down on leading cause of traffic deaths in Lower Mainland
Texting-while-driving is now the leading cause of traffic related deaths in B.C.
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Police in the Lower Mainland will once again crack down on distracted driving this month in an effort to dissuade people from texting and driving – now the leading cause of traffic related deaths in B.C.
Vancouver police issued more than 1,600 tickets in a similar blitz last March.
Texting while driving can now cost the perpetrator $368 and four points off their ICBC driving record, according to a written release from Vancouver police. Last year, a distracted driving ticket was $167.
Police are urging drivers to wait until they are parked to text, email, or tweet to protect both themselves and others on the road.
If a driver endangers others while doing these activities, they may be charged with the more serious crime of careless or dangerous driving.