Quinn Bender photo Terrace RCMP Cst. Crystal Evelyn displays the ‘Think of Me’ cards, to be distributed to drivers throughout the month of March from Terrace RCMP and featuring a picture drawn by a child in the community.

Terrace RCMP crack down on distracted driving this month

Tougher penalties, random checks will be rolled out province-wide

With a renewed focus on distracted drivers, Terrace RCMP will be conducting intensified education and enforcement targeting the behaviour through the month of March.

“If you get pulled over and receive a ticket there is no one to be mad at but yourself,” said Terrace RCMP inspector Sydney Lecky in a press release. “No call, email, text, etc. is worth putting your life and the life of others at risk. You have to leave your phone alone.”

In addition to random check stops, police across the province will be handing out ‘Think of Me’ cards to drivers featuring pictures drawn by local children from Terrace. The drawings are to remind motorists of the people they place at risk when their hands are not on the wheel.

“The issue is pretty dangerous,” RCMP Cst. Crystal Evelyn said over the phone. “Every year, 75 people are dying because someone wasn’t paying attention and driving distracted.”

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) defines anything that impacts a driver’s ability to focus on the road. RCMP officers will be doing operations around intersections throughout March using undercover techniques to spot drivers who are still holding on to their phones. The financial penalties attached to distracted driving can start at $368 plus four penalty points for a total of $543 for the first offence.

READ MORE: Tougher penalties for distracted drivers in B.C.

Cst. Evelyn said the random check stops are more to provide educational material, but she encourages other drivers to not be afraid to report a situation where they see someone distracted behind the wheel.

“Some people still aren’t getting the message that they aren’t the only ones on the road,” she said.

When making the report, she added, be sure to include details like the driver’s plate number, where they were, and what time the incident occurred.

Drivers with two convictions over a three-year period for using their phones or other electronic devices will also face higher premiums and could pay as much as $2,000 in penalties.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

UPDATE: Cullen demands better leadership over salmon crisis

MP urges ground-level cooperation amidst grim estimates of sockeye, chinook returns

Runners get festive in Terrace St. Patricks Day Run

Nearly all decked out in green, more than 160 people ran the first Terrace St Patty’s Day Run today

Junior Rage takes fifth in Super Series

The Terrace 16U girls won five and lost one game, making an impressive comeback in their final match

Terrace daycare at the centre of debate in B.C. Legislature

MLA for Chilliwack-Kent asked if new NDP health tax would apply to daycares like Willow Creek

One more clue to Skeena River tea cup mystery

Longtime Terrace Co-op employee digs out tea cup twin

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

B.C. cyclist races to first win of the season in New Zealand

Casey Brown captures Enduro title by more than two minutes at Crankworx Rotorua

Notorious Russian troll farm also took swipes at Canadian targets

Targets included oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

Canada earns second Paralympic Games silver in 20 years

Held 1-0 lead in para hockey game from 12:06 of first to dying seconds of third and lost in overtime

LETTERS: Two views of oil pipeline protests

U.S. and other petroleum-rich countries aren’t cutting production

Most Read