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Distracted driving tickets drop over course of 2015

The RNC has issued fewer and fewer tickets for distracted driving over the past year in Newfoundland and Labrador.
While the RNC issued 322 tickets for distracted driving in January of 2015, only 17 were issued in September.

The RNC has issued dramatically fewer tickets for distracted driving over the past year in Newfoundland and Labrador.

While Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers issued 322 tickets for distracted driving in January of 2015, they issued only 17 in September, according to documents obtained through access to information.

This time last year the RNC launched Operation Ringtone, a police campaign to crack down on distracted driving.

Officers dress in either plain clothes or as construction workers and look for drivers using any wireless device behind the wheel, not just cell phones. Each ticket is for $110.

The campaign is intended to emphasize that distracted driving is illegal and taken seriously by enforcement officers. But as 2015 rolled on, the number of tickets issued for distracted driving tapered off.

The RNC issued 1,144 tickets for distracted driving between January and September of 2015. (CBC)

Police issued a total of 1,144 tickets for distracted driving between January and September of 2015. While the number of tickets was in the 200s during February and March, it dropped to just over 50 per month in April and May.

The RNC issued 70 distracted driving tickets in June, and roughly 50 per month in July and August.

In September, police issued only 17 tickets.

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