Distracted Driving campaign 2017 in Chilliwack saw an RCMP officer in a bucket truck picking off distracted drivers with binoculars.

Distracted Driving in Chilliwack got the bucket treatment this week

Police handed out 60 tickets in Chilliwack over the month-long campaign and 36 were for distracted driving.

Distracted driving kills.

That’s why RCMP and other agencies were out conducting an enforcement blitz Wednesday at one of the deadliest intersections in Chilliwack: Vedder Road and Luckakuck Way.

They used a bucket truck to help spot drivers using hand-held devices, and other driving no-nos.

Earlier this month, police were aboard city transit buses to get a better angle on potentially law-breaking drivers.

“Distracted driving was responsible for nearly a quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C. over the past five years, making this the second-leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities behind speeding and narrowly ahead of impaired driving,” said Michael Weightman, Road and Safety Coordinator for ICBC.

Police handed out 60 tickets overall in Chilliwack for the month-long campaign and 36 of those were for distracted driving. The bucket truck effort alone on Wednesday netted 26 violators of which 14 were for distracted driving and several for seatbelts.

Another five were nabbed from transit spotters on March 21.

It took reps from Fraser Valley Traffic Services, Chilliwack Speed Watch, Safer City, ICBC and Cell Watch officers participating at locations around the city.

“Distracted driving is preventable. Through educating the motoring public and traffic enforcement, police are working toward removing this dangerous habit from the roadways of our community,” said RCMP Cpl. Mike Rail of the UFVRD.


• Leave the phone alone and minimize distractions;

• Plan a route and secure pets;

• Keep eyes on the road; hands on wheel;

• Put the phone out of reach.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack man who sexually assaulted young boys released from prison

Statutory release for Don Putt who Parole Board calls an ‘untreated sex offender’

Abbotsford bank ATM robbery thwarted by woman standing her ground

Police arrest alleged known robber running down South Fraser wearing balaclava

From the Chilliwack Progress Archives: Young hurt by flu bug

Past mirrors present as Chilliwack wrestles with a flu bug in January of 1979.

Teen accused in Abbotsford attack on 85-year-old convicted of firearms offence

Brandon Janveaux found in vehicle in Chilliwack with .22-calibre rifle down his pants

Dad of missing Abbotsford woman charged after allegedly exposing himself in park

Barry Shpeley charged with sexual assault and assault at Hougen Park

Kids across Canada more at risk of hospitalization from flu this season: doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam said influenza B does not usually peak until February or later

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Should winter tires be mandatory in the Lower Mainland?

ICBC dial-a-claims go up as winter storm takes toll

Canada Post driver in hospital after ice smashes windshield at Massey Tunnel

Incident happened on Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Fire truck, police car hit in chain of crashes on Hwy. 99

‘People weren’t paying attention,’ says Surrey assistant fire chief

Kelowna hotel to award couples for baby-making with Nooner deal

The deal includes a free stay every Valentine’s Day for the next 18 years

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

Most Read