SURREY/DELTA - A two-hour police crackdown on distracted drivers at a busy intersection along the border of Surrey and North Delta Tuesday afternoon resulted in 50 traffic fines.
All told, the Surrey RCMP fined 21 motorists for distracted driving - texting, and yakking on their cell phones - and wrote up 13 others for intersection-related offences, like running red lights. Seven more tickets were issued for inadequate child restraints, and failure to wear seatbelts.
For their part, the Delta Police issued eight violation tickets and hit one motorist with a 24-hour driving suspension for driving high on drugs.
The joint police crackdown, at 72nd Avenue and Scott Road, ran from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The minimum fine for distracted driving is $167 and can also cost the offender up to three penalty points as well.
According to Karen Klein, a spokeswoman for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a driver is four times more likely to crash while talking on a hand-held phone, and 23 times more likely to get in a crash while texting.
"Driving is a complex task that requires your full attention," she noted.
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