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Kelowna driver receives her sixth ticket for distracted driving

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August 18, 2017 - 4:08 PM

KELOWNA – In just an hour and a half, Kelowna RCMP caught 25 drivers either not wearing seatbelts or who were using their phones.

One woman received her sixth fine for distracted driving.

In an ongoing effort to stop distracted driving, RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services set up along Springfield Road in Kelowna on Thursday, Aug. 17.

RCMP say of the 25 drivers stopped, the majority were using an electronic device illegally while driving. 

“The remainder of the fines issued were for failing to wear seat belts, however if speeders had been their focus, they would have also been extremely busy with those violators,” Cpl. Tania Carroll says in a media release. “It also had to be said that there were also numerous vehicles that were not able to be stopped for either seat belt or cell phone violations as all of the traffic members were already tied up with another motorist.”

One of the drivers stopped during this blitz, according to Carroll, had five previous convictions for the same offence of using her electronic device while driving.

The fine for using an electronic device while driving is $368 but Carroll says safety is always their top concern.

“By taking your attention off of the roadway for even just a moment you greatly increase the chance of being involved in a collision.”

— This story was updated at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 to replace the stock photo in an effort to clarify the photo is not of the offender referred to in the article.

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