Police are going incognito while trying to catch distracted drivers, and it’s working.
If you find yourself next to a shuttle bus, it might not just be another wine tour — there could be officers looking for distracted drivers and those who live for the thrill of not wearing a seatbelt.
“The gloves are off as far as the operational plans we’re putting in place,” RCMP Cpl. Ryan Mcleod said.
“We are devising new ways to intercept distracted drivers and encourage a change in their behaviour.”
During a distracted driving enforcement campaign, RCMP used a mix of marked and unmarked police vehicles, as well as a shuttle bus to catch distracted drivers. In the Penticton area, 94 seatbelt violations were handed out as well as 54 cellphone violations.
“In one case, the shuttle bus called out a lady that was driving by, phone pressed up her to her ear, chatting away. The officer caught up to her with his police vehicle, followed her for a while, she continued her call. Turned on the red and blue lights, still oblivious,” Mcleod said.
The current fine for distracted driving is $368 and four demerit points. Failure to wear a seatbelt will take $167 out of your wallet.
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While handing out fines and licence points, police also impounded two vehicles for excessive speeding, apprehended one person in Penticton with an outstanding warrant of arrest and discovered a drunk driver in Summerland.