Winnipeg police ride Transit to catch distracted drivers

Winnipeg police ride Transit to catch distracted drivers
WATCH: Winnipeg police officers were on board city buses Thursday, on the look-out for distracted drivers.

Police officers are taking the bus to look for people texting and driving.

The police service partnered up with Winnipeg Transit Thursday to ride various routes around the city.

“While the safety and security of passengers and operators will be a focus of this effort, we will also be conducting an enforcement project by watching for distracted drivers who use hand held electronic devices while driving,” a news release from the Winnipeg Police Service stated.

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The service used Thursday to let people know officers will be focusing even more on finding distracted drivers during April.

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Earlier this month the province announced stiffer penalties for people caught on their phones while driving. When passed, the updated legislation will allow police to suspend a driver’s licence for three days for a first offence and for seven days for a subsequent infraction.

Drivers already face a $204 fine and five demerit points.

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As of 4 p.m. March 29, nine tickets had been issued by police officers on city buses.