Regina police have been busy in the first two months of the year handing out tickets to those guilty of talking or texting on their cellphone.
At the board of police commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday, it was revealed 260 cellphone charges have been issued in January and February compared to 94 in the first two months of 2016.
Police Chief Evan Bray says more teeth to the legislation put in by the provincial government at the start of the year can take a lot of credit as they changed the wording of distracted driving laws saying it was illegal to hold, view, use or manipulate their phone while behind the wheel.
- Regina Police will be watching for distracted drivers from city buses next month
- #HeadsUp! Police to target distracted drivers in Saskatchewan this March
Bray admits with the lives we live today it is tough to detach yourself from your cellphone when behind the wheel, but he says in a city the size of Regina, it only takes 15-20 minutes most times to get from one place or another so it is imperative that the phone be put away when behind the wheel.
Bray adds while numbers aren’t in for March seeing the month isn’t over, the numbers from “Operation Bus Cop”, an initiative where police officers ride city buses looking for those on their cellphone behind the wheel has been a huge success with people on the bus saying they have an increased feeling of safety as well.
Those caught talking or texting on their phone while driving are fined 280 dollars for a first offence with a seven-day vehicle impoundment happening if a second offence occurs within a one-year time frame.