35 drivers using cellphones charged

Don’t text and drive people

RCMP Southeast Traffic Services has charged 35 drivers with using a cell phone while driving in one day.

On March 24, police were in various parts of the Halifax Regional Municipality conducting traffic enforcement related to use of cellular phones while driving. Between 7:55 a.m. and 3 p.m., police observed 35 drivers using their cellular phones while driving. Traffic stops were initiated in each case and each driver was issued a Summary Offence Ticket for using a cellular phone while driving. The ticket carries a fine of $237.50 and 4 points will be added to your license.

Driving requires your full attention. Distractions can compromise your judgment and affect your ability to drive safely, so it is important to stay focussed and mindful at all times.

As one of the four causal factors of fatal and serious injury collisions, distracting driving puts you and everyone on the road at risk. Distracted driving can lead to reduced reaction time, impaired judgement and serious or fatal injuries.

If you believe someone is driving in a way that is an immediate threat to public safety, please call 911 when it is safe to do so. Include as much detail as possible, such as the location, direction of travel, vehicle and driver description and license plate number.

Source: Release

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