For the month of March Regina Police will be riding buses around the city hoping to catch distracted drivers.
In uniform officers on the buses who spot someone using their cell phone or another device while behind the wheel will then radio a near by police car who will then pull the suspected driver over.
Talking and texting behind the wheel has been a huge issue in Regina as it has with many communities in the province.
Inspector Lorilee Davies who is in charge of the Traffic Safety Act, which will be running the program, said the strategy has been successful in other communities.
“Anecdotally from other agencies they have said they found success in it, and it has obviously raised awareness, and if we raise awareness about distracted driving that’s a success for us,” Davies told reporters Wednesday.”
Davies said they plan on focusing on high traffic areas of the city.
“We anticipate to be out on the buses during peak traffic hours, we’ll obviously be focusing on high traffic routes, we’re working with Regina Transit to specify which specific routes that might be,” Davies said.
All 16 officers involved in the Traffic safety Act will at one point or another get a chance to catch drivers on a bus.
Davies also said they felt March was a good time to run the initiative, with the new distracted driving laws now being in affect for a couple months and SGI declaring March “Distracted Driving Month”.
“Distracted driving laws changed in January, that gives us a good opportunity to raise awareness about the issue, as well SGI has designated March as “Distracted Driving Month”, Davies said.
Police will also be watching for distracted drivers from the bus on Wednesday, but will not be handing out tickets, instead warnings will be issued and people will be provided with information highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic fatalities in the province.
In 2015, 36 people were killed in collisions resulting from distracted driving.