Kamloops Mounties issued 98 tickets last Friday (March 1) as part of Distracted Driving Month.
In a press release, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie notes 64 of those were for using an electronic device and 19 were for not wearing a seatbelt.
"Distracted driving is responsible for more than 25 per cent of all car crash fatalities and is the second leading cause of fatal collisions in B.C.," she says in the release. "Every year, an average of 78 people die in fatal motor vehicle collisions in B.C. because the driver was distracted or not paying attention."
The roadside checks were conducted on Lansdowne Street and Columbia Street.
If you're caught driving distracted, the fines start at $368 and four penalty points (that's a minimum of $543 for the first offence). Insurance may go up as well, Shelkie adds.
As for not buckling up, she says everyone should always wear a seatbelt even if they're going short distances. (That fine is $167.)
The rest of the violations are broken down as follows:
- Fail to produce a driver's licence (1)
- Driving prohibition issued (1)
- Fail to display N sign - contrary to restriction (3)
- Drive without consideration (1 warning)
- Fail to change insurance decal (1 warning)
- Fail to signal turn (1 warning)
- Fail to stop at red light (1)
- No insurance (1)
- Speed (1)
- Defective vehicle (1)
Police will continue to focus on distracted driving and seatbelt use throughout the remainder of the month.