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Driving distracted is a bad idea

Like many other police officers, Fredericton Police Force Cst. Steve Stafford sees too many people distracted when behind the wheel of their vehicle.

“We see people eating their lunch, putting on makeup and reading the newspaper,” says Stafford. “There is still quite a bit of people driving while distracted.”

But there is one main reason many drivers are distracted in Fredericton.

We are seeing people using their cell phones,” says Stafford. “People are glued to their devices.”

Using an electronic device while driving is illegal in New Brunswick. An offence can result in a $172.50 and the loss of three points on a license.

“Even if you have your phone on speaker and you’re holding it in your hand, you are comitting an offence,” says Stafford.

He says too many drivers are distracted and risk causing collisions, injuries and deaths.

According to Fredericton Police Force statistics, 242 tickets were issued in 2018 for use of handheld devices while driving. 

“We are getting a lot of collisions that due directly to distracted driving,” says Stafford.

He suggests drivers put their electronic devices out of reach when they enter a vehicle and use bluetooth if they need to be available to speak with someone.

Canada Road Safety Week is May 14th to May 20th. The initiative of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) seeks to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on Canada’s roads. For more information, please visit www.cacp.ca