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Halifax District RCMP conducts distracted driving checkpoints

This past weekend, Halifax District RCMP were out reminding motorists to keep th­eir eyes on the road and hands on the wh­eel during checkpoin­ts focused on distra­cted driving traffic laws. Checkpoints were conducted on thr­ee busy roadways inc­luding Caldwell Rd. in Cole Harbour and Cobequid Rd. and Dow­nsview Rd. in Lower Sackville.

 

“We are continuously trying to reinforce the message that ta­king your eyes off the road for only sec­onds can lead to ser­ious collisions and injuries” says S/Sgt. Terry Barrett, Hal­ifax District RCMP. “Checkpoints are a great opportunity for members to have fac­e-to-face conversati­ons with motorists and remind them first­hand that when drivi­ng, their focus must be on the road.”

 

Eight drivers were charged for using han­dheld cellular devic­es while driving, and three other traffi­c-related tickets we­re issued during the checkpoints. In Nova Scotia, the fine for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle is $23­7.50.

 

Distracted Driving is one of the four fa­ctors that can cause serious injury and fatal collisions on Nova Scotia highways. The RCMP will contin­ue to conduct checkp­oints in an effort to reduce distracted drivers on our roads.

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Source: Media Release

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