Calgary distracted driving blitz ends with 465 tickets

Calgary police officers caught drivers using laptops, grooming and even sketching during a recent crackdown on distracted driving.

Police say 665 crashes this year can be blamed on distracted driving

Calgary police say using handheld cellphones is still one of the most common distracted driving violations. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Calgary police officers caught drivers using laptops, grooming and even sketching during a recent crackdown on distracted driving.

On Monday, police announced that 465 tickets were issued when officers went undercover to nab distracted drivers over five days last week.

Police issued a list of the most common distracted driving violations:

  • Using handheld cellphones.
  • Texting or emailing.
  • Using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players.
  • Entering information on GPS units.
  • Reading printed materials in the vehicle.
  • Writing, printing or sketching.
  • Personal grooming.

There have been 665 collisions so far this year involving distracted drivers, according to police.

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