Langley RCMP Cpl. Patrick Davies spent the better part of Friday relaying information about bad drivers

Police, ICBC zero in on dangerous drivers

Drivers ticketed for range of offenses, including cellphone use and failure to use seatbelts

Dressed in plainclothes, sunglasses and a hat, Langley RCMP Cpl. Patrick Davies spent the better part of Friday relaying information about bad drivers, so awaiting police officers would be ready to pull them over and write them tickets.

In all, Langley RCMP’s traffic section spent the shift handing out 102 tickets to high-risk drivers along Fraser Highway and Highway 10, and other locations.

Tickets were mostly for cellphone use,  however tickets were also issued for seatbelts, failing to display N or L signs, failing to produce drivers license, running  yellow lights at intersection and improper turning, to name a few tickets.

One driver was prohibited, one was given a 90-day immediate roadside suspension for alcohol consumption, four sobriety tests were conducted, three failed and were given 24 hour suspensions and three cases where pot or other drugs were seized.

This was a joint effort between Langley RCMP Traffic and Fraser Valley Integrated Road Safety Unit, with sponsorship from ICBC who launched their high-risk driving campaign last month.

Driving is a complex task that requires your full attention.

Tailgating, failing to yield or speeding may seem harmless, but they increase your risk of crashing, said Leanne Cassap, of ICBC roadside safety co-ordinator for Langley.

“A driver’s action is a contributing factor in approximately 59 per cent of crashes that result in injuries in the Lower Mainland, on average,” she said.

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