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Cell Watch Spotters Find Distracted Drivers

By 250 News

Thursday, February 27, 2014 08:12 AM

Prince George, B.C. -  About 50  drivers in Prince George can expect a letter in the mail from  the Prince George Community Policing Unit.

They are the folks spotted by  "Cell Watch" a program  that had  Community Policing  volunteers keeping an eye open for drivers  using their  electronic devices while behind the wheel  last Saturday.

Spotters  observed 2750 vehicles and found over 50 people driving while using an electronic device or failing to wear their seatbelt

If you were one of those people you can expect a warning letter in the mail shortly from the Community Policing Unit explaining the offence observed. February is distracted driving month and programs like cell watch are happening all over the province to try and educate drivers about good driving habits. You are 23 times more likely to crash while texting and driving.

 

 


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How are they supposed to know who was driving at the time? They obviously have nothing useful to do.
Wonder if they saw me adjusting the boys?
"How are they supposed to know who was driving at the time?"
They dont, and thats why its a warning letter, not a ticket. (well that and the fact that they are not actually peace officers lol)
If you get a letter that says your car was at location "X" at time "Y" its a pretty safe bet that if it wasnt you then youknow who it was.
So about 2% of all drivers are ignoring the law about distracted driving. I came down the Hart today and for fun did the speed limit and everyone passed me so about 98% of the drivers were ignoring that law. And as for the come to a full stop at the stop sign, I think I saw someone do that last week. There has been lax traffic enforcement for years, and we have paid for it via insurance premiums and personal injury. But good news, the RCMP are really cracking down on the prolific drug offenders - my chances of being killed by one of them are slim to none. But priorities are priorities and keep working on that war on drugs. BTW - that war started sometime shortly after I was born, and from my user name, you can get an idea of how long that's been. Wonder who's winning? Just an aside, in Langley the RCMP put an officer at the highway on ramp, and there's no escaping him/her, you come around the bend, and there they are, pointing their finger to pull over, and no warning letter - a ticket. Ever see our guys do anything like that?
Why should you drive and talk on the cell phone? For years people managed to wait until they got home or to work to communicate. Why is now so different?
Until Tim Horton's or Star Bucks revise the method for ingesting their products, abstracted driving will be nothing new. How about the excessively loud base thumping from the boom trucks and cars in town. Can't tell me that doesn't distract the driver any, however they never get nailed for rattling my windows at 2:00 a.m. as they scream by the house at an excessively high rate of speed. Just saying....
see lots people, mostly older, with little dogs on their laps while driving, must be hard to be in control of a vehicle when you are sharing the drivers seat with a dog. don't hear to much about this though.
Yeah, the little dog distraction is huge! Driving with a poodle, in a sweater, on your lap, trying to stick its head out the window, could be a problem. Not to mention the little old people that for some reason, can't seem to see over the dash.
Citizens spying on citizens and reporting them to the authorities, sounds like the old East Germany.
East Germany is no more. Neither is Stalin. Society advances in leaps and bounds:

Now it is governments spying on governments, even on the other country's leaders, citizens, email, phone calls and whereabouts!

Oh yes, the Hart Highway 500. Just take the right hand lane and travel at the limit - almost EVERY vehicle coming up from behind will pass! City vehicles, police vehicles (!), taxis, buses, etc. Non compliance with the law is 99.9% (not 100% because it does happen once in a while that there is that odd vehicle that will actually obey the law)!
Posted by: not-so-random on February 27 2014 9:51 AM
How are they supposed to know who was driving at the time? They obviously have nothing useful to do.
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Don't allow people that use their cellphones while driving to drive your car.

Posted by: Professional on February 27 2014 10:38 AM
Until Tim Horton's or Star Bucks revise the method for ingesting their products, abstracted driving will be nothing new. How about the excessively loud base thumping from the boom trucks and cars in town. Can't tell me that doesn't distract the driver any, however they never get nailed for rattling my windows at 2:00 a.m. as they scream by the house at an excessively high rate of speed. Just saying....
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Find out who it is and report it. It has worked many times for me.

Posted by: balboa on February 27 2014 11:06 AM
Citizens spying on citizens and reporting them to the authorities, sounds like the old East Germany.
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LMAO! Apples and oranges. If you are going to endanger the life of my family and I, you're busted!
Amen PrinceGeorge for the above. Back to the best bumper sticker yet- Hang up and Drive.
not-so-random a letter is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle... as the owner you are responsible for who is driving it.... it is only a warning so relax and pass on the warning to whomever was driving your vehicle....
but cell phones are not the only distraction with drivers... doing makeup, peting your dog, eating, playing with yuor radio, or doting over your passenger for that matter.... if you don't want to drive...park it....problem solved for all of us....
Well not everyone is a do good such as yourself ski50.
If only we could all be born prefect, awe what a wonderful world it would be!
Did I read that right ski50 - you want the drug dealers and gangsters ignored so the police can concentrate on minor traffic offenses?
Speaking of the Hart 500, was the sun too low this morning ? Road to bare ? I'll have to watch the 5:00 news, but I was told there was two different games of bumper cars on the Hart today.
well proffessioal,maybe he has ADD or it's stupidy
Time to charge people for what it is! Impaired driving! Impound their car on site, that should wake them up!

Prince George Community Policing Unit, Thankyou for the work you do, I appreciate it!
Distracted driving is every bit as dangerous as drunk driving, and those that continue to do it should wake up. When you are hurtling down the road at 50km/h or more and not paying attention at ALL times, you are putting everyone else in harm's way. Every day I see these people weaving across lanes, not noticing pedestrians at cross walks, blowing through red lights and stop signs etc. The police should be allowed to confiscate their cell phones and charge them with driving with undue care and attention. Worse yet are the "professional drivers" driving semis who are doing this while hauling heavy/dangerous cargo. Talking on the phone wont seem so important once you run over someone now will it?
maverick 1964: Perfection is not something we are born with, it is something we have to continually strive to attain. It takes a lot of self discipline. Some people simply don't have any desire to discipline themselves, that's why we have to have laws and policemen.