Cell Watch Operations underway in Vernon

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Vernon RCMP Volunteers launched their distracted driver campaign today (Oct 14) in Vernon. The goal of the initiative is to reduce distracted driving incidents on the roadway and the Cell Watch Program is offered in partnership with police, volunteers and ICBC’s Road Safety Department. The program is designed to remind motorists of the dangers of using hand-held cell phones and other portable electronic devices while driving.

Volunteers will display the ‘Leave the Phone Alone’ sandwich boards posted on sidewalks near roadways recognized as high crash zones by ICBC. Volunteers record observations of distracted driving and the registered owner of the vehicle is provided a written warning of the offence by mail.

Distracted Driving Stats:

• You’re 23x more likely to crash if you text while driving.
• Distracted driving is a common cause of rear-end crashes and injuries.
• There’s no safe following distance when your mind is not on the road.
• Take a message. Let your phone go to voicemail while you’re driving.
• Stuck in traffic or stopped at a red light? Put your phone away – you’re still driving!
• Every year, on average, 34 people die in the Southern Interior in distracted driving-related crashes.

B.C.’s mobile device law:

Section 214.2 of the Motor Vehicle Act states a driver cannot use a hand-held electronic communication device (including hand-held cellphones, PDAs and other electronic hand-held devices such as music players, GPS Navigation Systems, etc.).

The penalty for a violation is $368.