Enforcement Services will be watching for distracting drivers this month.
Sergeant Kelly Kokesh says as part of the Selective Traffic Education Program (STEP), officers will be making sure drivers are not using hand held phones or electronic devices while behind the wheel.
“Think we can all agree that distracting driving still continues to be a problem and we all agree that it’s a very hazardous habit to have,” said Koekesh, “so we’re really trying to encourage people to resist the urge to pick up that phone or electronic device and not do that.”
He also says since 2015 the number of distracted driving tickets handed out in Grande Prairie has risen and he estimates close to a thousand will be handed out this year.
The offence results in a loss of demerit points, but Kokesh says people are still taking the risk despite the threat.
“We’re still not seeing the effect that we anticipated with demerit points, so we’re just hoping people catch on and just stop using their phones and electronic devices while driving.
Kokesh added that officers will also be making sure drivers’ cargo is properly secured as part of the Bylaw Enforcement Education Program (BEEP).