Too many N.B. drivers still using cellphones, say RCMP
Now motorists are texting, tweeting and shooting video from behind the wheel
Cellphone use behind the wheel is getting worse in New Brunswick says the RCMP, even though fewer people are making phone calls.
Instead, they are doing everything else, including texting, taking photos and video, and using social media, all from the driver's seat.
And, according to Staff Sgt. Gilles Blinn, they are trying to hide it as well.
There are also drivers who are more brazen that that, as you can see on social media.
Videos taken from the driver's vantage point, of everything from weather conditions to bad drivers.
Blinn said it's all against the law when you're behind the wheel.
"What people got to understand is that when you're driving a motor vehicle on the street, even at a red light and it is stopped, it is still illegal," he explained.
Blinn believes the real solution, like with drunk-driving, is education.
"Take that extra second to pull over, do your text and continue on," he said. "Or let that phone go to messaging rather than be involved in a collision where someone could potentially die or be seriously injured."
The penalty for distracted driving in New Brunswick is $172.50 and the loss of three points.