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Halifax District RCMP reminds motorists; Put your phone away, Halifax, N.S.

What’s for dinner? Did you leave yet to pick me up? Can you stop and get some milk on your way home? Most people have likely received a text or phone call while driving asking these simple questions.

Halifax District RCMP is reminding motorists that talking or texting on your phone while driving is illegal and puts you and others on the road at risk.

During the month of April, Halifax District RCMP will be focussing enforcement efforts around distracted driving. Unfortunately many motorists continue to use their cell phones while driving making them unable to pay attention on our roadways; a contributing factor to numerous motor vehicle collisions.

‘Despite the bad weather and poor driving conditions over the past two months, we are finding that drivers are still taking chances using cell phones while driving’ said RCMP spokesperson Cst. Mark Skinner. ‘It only takes a few seconds before it’s too late.’

Halifax District want to share some safe driving tips to ensure you and your loved ones arrive safely.

-Rest up before getting behind the wheel.
-Do not consume alcohol, drugs or medications that will affect driving.
-Before leaving, adjust seat, mirrors, steering wheel, climate control, and select your radio station, cd or play list.
-Make sure you have your route planned, have read the directions ahead of time and programmed your GPS before leaving.
-Do not reach for items that may have shifted while driving.
-Put your phone away! Leave it in your purse or pocket, or stow it in the console or backseat. Remove the temptation to look at it.

Remember – everyone has a responsibility for road safety!

Source: Release

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