Distracted driving enforcement campaign on now

White Rock

2023-03-01 08:12 PST

White Rock RCMP in conjunction with other police agencies in British Columbia will be targeting distracted drivers in the month of March.

We enforce this regularly in our patrols, however; we will be specifically targeting distracted drivers during the month of March. We will be using plain clothes officers and a variety of techniques to enforce road safety this month. Says Constable Chantal Sears of the White Rock RCMP. With spring break coming up, we want to remind our high school aged drivers that they can not use any electronic device. The decision to use an electronic device while driving with a class 7 has serious consequences, starting at a $368 fine and four (4) points

White Rock RCMP want to remind drivers of the following:
Drivers in the graduated licensing program (L & N categories) are prohibited from using any electronic device while driving. This includes:

• Navigation devices
• Hands-free units, and
• Permitted devices

See ICBC’s Driver Penalty Point Premium web page for more information.

Other drivers must not:

• Hold, operate, communicate or watch the screen of a hand-held electronic communication device
• Send or receive text messages or email on any type of electronic device, or
• Hold, operate, communicate or watch the screen of a hand-held electronic computing device, one of the purposes of which is to process or compute data

What is allowed? Hands-free communication

Manual dialing is prohibited and is treated as texting. Any type of an electronic device with a hands-free telephone function may be used for oral communications (including texting by dictation) if all the following conditions are met:
• The device, and any part or extension of it, is not held or operated by the hand, except for one touch to start, accept and/or end a call
• Any further operations performed with the device are voice-activated
• Any earpieces used with the device are worn in one ear only and are placed in the ear before driving
• The device is securely fixed to the vehicle or worn securely on the person’s body, and is within easy reach of the driver’s seat
• The device is installed so it does not obstruct the driver’s view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle

Released by

Cst. Chantal Sears

Media Relation Officer
White Rock RCMP
15299 Pacific Ave. White Rock BC V4B 1R1
Office: 778-545-4788
Fax: 778-545-5192

Email: chantal.sears@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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