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Police find many distracted drivers in Langley

Langley RCMP handed out the highest number of tickets for distracted driving in the month of February, compared to every other community in Metro Vancouver.

Clearly, distracted driving is still a going concern in Langley and police have the fine revenue to prove it.

February was distracted driving month. Langley RCMP issued 702 violation tickets for distracted driving during the month. That is $117,234 in ticket revenue. If the person ticketed has a graduated licence, they also get three points on their driver’s licence.

Officers have been in unmarked cars or dressed in plainclothes to catch chatty or texting drivers at busy intersections like the Langley Bypass and Fraser Highway.

Distracted driving legislation has now been in force for four years. Distracted driving is now the leading cause of fatal car crashes, said ICBC.

Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks points out that it is illegal to check your phone, text, talk or even hold it, when at a stop light. The cost of a ticket is much higher than the price of a hands-free device.

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