Distracted Driving a target for local and provincial police in March

The West Kootenay Traffic Services Sergeant says people don't seem to be getting the message when it comes to distracted driving.

Chad Badry says In the last six months their unit alone has issued more than 170 violation tickets for electronic device use and seatbelt violations which is likely just the tip of the iceberg. 

March is Distracted Driving/Occupant Restraint Awareness Month.

That means Police around the province and region will be conducting intensified distracted driving enforcement including a one day blitz today.

He says there's also a one day blitz today.

According to police, Distracted driving is responsible for more than 25% of all car crash fatalities, fatalities that could have been prevented.

The fines for distracted driving start at $368 and 4 penalty points for a minimum of $543 for the first offence.

In addition, your insurance costs may be affected.