Put away the cell phone when driving, RCMP warn
Texting and driving brings a $575 fine on P.E.I.
RCMP on P.E.I. are planning to increase enforcement of the province's laws regarding distracted driving.
At $575, P.E.I. has some of the highest fines in the country, but Const. Jamie Parsons said that hasn't deterred everyone from texting and driving.
"We see distracted driving every day in all forms," said Parsons.
"Over the course of this summer, in the last couple of months, particularly myself, I've seen that use of cell phones seems to have risen again."
A lot of comments on our last tweet about using handheld devices while driving.... many, many.. people agree they are seeing way too much of it still going on... you can bet we will be stepping up our enforcement in the coming weeks!! Cst. Parsons <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PutThatPhoneDown?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PutThatPhoneDown</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DriveSafePEI?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DriveSafePEI</a> <a href="https://t.co/4jIF5pECDW">pic.twitter.com/4jIF5pECDW</a>—@RCMPPEITraffic
Parsons said new enforcement will include plain clothes officers at intersections that have been identified as problematic, and unmarked vehicles charged with locating people who are texting and driving.
RCMP will also be looking for other forms of distracted driving. Parsons said he's also seen things like people doing their makeup while sitting at a red light.
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With files from Island Morning