Red Deer RCMP tickets 78 distracted drivers in February

Red Deer RCMP are asking drivers to pay better attention to the road.

Police ticketed 78 people for distracted driving in February as part of their month-long campaign targeting inattentive drivers.

Sgt. Kevin Halwa said the numbers are not surprising, but are extremely disappointing.

“Despite all the research showing that distracted driving significantly increases the risk of a crash, many drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behaviour,” said Halwa.

“When you’re engaging with electronics or other distractions, you aren’t paying attention to the road, and that means you’re risking the safety of innocent people,” he said.

Each ticket costs a driver $287 and three demerits.

Throughout February, RCMP and community peace officers conducted numerous campaigns targeting distracted drivers in the downtown and throughout the city.

Police say one woman on her cell phone drove for blocks before seeing the flashing lights and hearing the warning sirens of the marked police car following her. Another young driver on her cell phone at a red light failed to notice the siren, lights and gestures of the police officer stopped beside her.

According to police, distracted driving contributes to 20 to 30 per cent of collisions in Alberta.

To report a dangerous driver, call the RCMP complaint line at 403-343-5575.

To follow up on a complaint, police need the vehicle’s license plate number, a description of the driver and a written statement from the witness, as well as a willingness to attend court if necessary.



Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Maskwacis RCMP seeking suspect in fatal hit and run

A Maskwacis man was fatally injured after being hit early Saturday morning on Hwy 611

Red Deer to get new a plan to end homelessness as the problem persists

Despite some successes there’s ‘a long way to go,’ says manager

Many Red Deer-area farmers deal with a disastrous year

Dought in the spring, snow at harvest creates bad yields, sends hay prices soaring

Photos: Part of downtown Red Deer covered in trash over the weekend

Downtown businesses deal with trash, needle debris, graffiti

Delburne man’s reckless driving led to fatal crash: Crown prosecutor

Jury began deliberating in manslaughter trial on Monday afternoon

Speaker at rally says Alberta oil ‘puts tofu on the table in Toronto!’

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — A rally in support of Alberta’s oil industry… Continue reading

Moneywise: Canadian workers unhappy with pay, want pension plans

Many working Canadians are feeling underpaid and are so worried about their… Continue reading

Brazil police say faith healer has turned himself in

RIO DE JANEIRO — A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing… Continue reading

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

VANCOUVER — Nicola Froese says she has always loved playing sports, but… Continue reading

Canada’s Kim McRae finishes seventh at luge World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Canada’s Kim McRae finished in seventh place at… Continue reading

Jeff Bridges to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Globes

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Bridges may have once been considered as one… Continue reading

Top of mind: ‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

NEW YORK — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice… Continue reading

Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replica

SAN FRANCISCO — A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house… Continue reading

Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump

WASHINGTON — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval… Continue reading

Most Read