Distracted drivers targeted on Kamloops North Shore

By James Peters
September 19, 2017 - 9:59am Updated: September 19, 2017 - 1:53pm

KAMLOOPS — Mounties and representatives of ICBC were cracking down on distracted driving on the Kamloops North Shore this morning.

Drivers around 12th Street and Tranquille Road who were using electronic devices were pulled aside and given either a stern warning or a ticket.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of Kamloops RCMP says distracted driving has become the primary cause of crashes in the city and the province.

"Distracted driving has now passed impaired driving in the number of accidents that are caused, and also the number of deaths per year on BC roads," says Shelkie.

"We have to get distracted driving to the same place where impaired driving is in people's minds in that it's a socially unacceptable thing to be doing. Right now it's not there, in that there are so many people who are driving while they're texting or using their cell phone."

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