Surrey's motorists are a distracted bunch. At least they were, in February.
Local cops handed out 775 violation tickets, at $167 a pop, to drivers caught talking or texting on their cell phones in Surrey in February, and 23 tickets for driving without due care and attention.
That's 73 more than in February 2012, when the Surrey issued 677 and 48 tickets respectively.
"Clearly people are not getting the message about the dangers of distracted driving and putting themselves and others at a heightened risk on our roadways," Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said. "Advancements in modern technology have given us the ability to be available almost every second of the day, however, we need to remember that driving is a complex task and we cannot get complacent about staying focused on the road. Our traffic investigators have seen too many traffic fatalities and serious collisions involving distracted driving."