RCMP in Halifax conducted targeted enforcement last weekend, in relation to ‘Distracted Driving’, throughout HRM.
While there is legislation in place, many motorists continue to use their cell phones and are not paying attention on our roadways.
This becomes a very dangerous situation and is a contributing factor to motor vehicle collisions.
During the targeted enforcement initiative, 17 drivers were charged and upon conviction they could face a fine of $176.45. Despite the bad weather, these numbers were concerning to police. Even with poor road conditions and weather drivers were still taking chances using cell phones. Three other drivers were arrested for drug possession.
‘It only takes a few seconds of inattention then its too late. A vehicle can travel a long way in a short period of time and those few seconds can make the difference in avoiding a collision.’ says Cpl. Scott MacRae of the Halifax RCMP. ‘Drivers must remain alert and avoid the use of devices that can distract them when driving.’
Everyone has a responsibility for road safety. RCMP in HRM will continue with checkpoints and traffic initiatives that are focussed on reducing Impaired Driving, Distracted Driving and Motor Vehicle collisions.