Driving Phone Crackdown

ICBC and police remind drivers to "take a break" from their phone.

In a recent Ipsos Reid survey conducted for ICBC, almost all drivers recognized that distracted driving has led to an increase in crashes and that phone use, especially texting, while driving was risky. However, over one third admitted to using their phone at least one out of every ten trips.

Every year, on average, 30 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the Southern Interior.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP conducted patrols in the area of a local grad party overnight and are happy to report little to no issues. 

On September 4th, 2018, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were made aware of a local pre-grad party occurring on a local forest service road located on the north Westside of Vernon. Officers conducted a road block on Westside road near the Sugar Loaf forest service road for approximately 5 hours, until the party subsided and was fully shut down. 

“Officers report over 200 vehicles were checked at the road block who were party goers, with 90% of the vehicles driven by parents or older siblings dropping students off.” Says Cst. Kelly Brett. “Most parents expressed an appreciation for the police presence and were polite and cooperative during their interactions.”