The Chilliwack RCMP reached new heights to spot distracted drivers during the provincial Distracted Driving enforcement campaign this month.
On Sept. 20, Chilliwack traffic service officers employed a City of Chilliwack bucket truck to put an eye in the sky at the Evans Road roundabout. Supported by RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Services (FVTS), and Chilliwack Safer City distracted drivers were the focus of attention during the two-hour traffic operation.
“We look for distracted drivers from places where we are not always expected,” said Cpl. Mike Pfeifer. “Once spotted, the driver is stopped and issued a ticket.”
Chilliwack RCMP remind motorists when behind the wheel, put your phone down, and stay aware of the road ahead.
“Distracted driving is a dangerous practice too often seen on our roadways. Preventing and reducing distracted driving remains our priority to ensure roadways in our community are safe for the motoring public,” said Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.
Tips to prevent distracted driving:
· Leave the phone alone and minimize potential distractions before you head out on the road.
· Plan your route and secure your pets.
· Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.