Surrey drivers reminded to hang up

Enforcement and education campaign targets distracted drivers.

Using a high-powered scope

Surrey RCMP are stepping up enforcement efforts when it comes to distracted driving, joining a week-long campaign called Operation Hang Up reminding motorists to put down their phones and other electronic devices.

Drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a crash while using their phone.

Operation Hang Up is held in partnership with ICBC, Surrey Crime Prevention Society and the City of Surrey.

The program is a combination of education, awareness and enforcement, according to Cpl. Scotty Shumann, who says, “Drivers will see a large number of high visibility signs placed in locations reminding them to stay off the phone.”

Police and volunteers will be out in force during the awareness and enforcement campaign, he added.

Using a high-powered scope, Surrey RCMP Traffic Service members are able to spot people holding electronic devices long before they’re aware of a police roadside presence.

A driver caught holding an electronic device can be fined $167 and receive three points against their drivers license, along with facing more severe penalties should there be an accident.

“One in four deaths on BC roads involves distracted driving,” ICBC road safety coordinator Karen Klein said. “No call or text is so important that it’s worth risking your life.”

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Just Posted

SURREY EVENTS: ‘Classic Scary Movie Marathon’ for Halloween, and more

Concerts, plays, fundraisers and other events in our weekly guide for Surrey

Halloween Calendar

Family friendly events happening around Surrey

Surrey landlord’s petition to overturn RTB decision fails

Case involved former tenant evicted from basement suite on grounds his landlord needed it for family

PHOTOS: ‘Young at Heart’ seniors sing and dance again in Surrey ‘bursary show’

The Vaudevillians on Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage Nov. 2-3

Rick Hansen Foundation gives Surrey $105K to make washrooms more accessible

The grants will be used for accessibility upgrades at eight civic sites across the city

YouTube video of Revelstoke grizzly bear goes viral

Why did the grizzly bear cross the railway tracks?

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

B.C. RCMP officer suing the force for malicious prosecution

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth cleared of wrongdoing after misconduct hearing

UPDATE: Vehicle located and driver arrested in relation to fatal hit-and-run

Male pedestrian in his 50s died after being struck by vehicle on Highway 11 in Abbotsford

Talk to your kids about vaping, B.C.’s top doctor says

B.C. health officials have discovered the first vaping-related illness in the province

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Most Read