March 27, 2019 5:39 pm
Updated: March 27, 2019 7:18 pm

‘It’s for your safety’: Hundreds of distracted driving tickets issued in Surrey

In Saskatchewan under The Traffic Safety Act, receiving a second $280 cellphone ticket within a year triggers an immediate roadside vehicle impoundment.

Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
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Surrey RCMP is sending a big message to drivers: leave the phone alone.

During the month of March alone, 700 distracted driving tickets have been issued across Surrey.

Sgt. Chad Greig says police are hoping people will eventually get the message.

READ MORE: 2 tickets in 6 minutes cost B.C. distracted driver more than $1,800

“It is a high number and we want to see that number get lower,” Greig said.

In B.C., distracted driving merits a penalty of $368. A repeat offense within three years, however, could see that number jump to $2,000.

WATCH: What will it take for repeat distracted driver to lose their licence? (2016)

“Please cut it down, concentrate on driving,” Greig said. “It’s for your safety as well as the safety of other people.”

Surrey RCMP have made March “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” a campaign dedicated to getting people off their phones while driving.

WATCH: What are the distracted driving laws in B.C.?

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