Surrey RCMP Const. James Raison  watches drivers on 88 Avenue near King George Boulevard during a distracted driver blitz Thursday afternoon.

Surrey RCMP Const. James Raison watches drivers on 88 Avenue near King George Boulevard during a distracted driver blitz Thursday afternoon.

Surrey RCMP crackdown sees 900 tickets given out

May saw heightened police enforcement along King George Boulevard, Surrey's most dangerous corridor.

Police handed out almost 900 tickets in during a May crackdown on errant drivers along King George Boulevard, a corridor cited as one of the most dangerous in the province.

In May, Surrey RCMP and the Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) had cited drivers for 891 infractions, including 327 for speeding, 191 other high-risk driving, 199 intersection infractions, 169 distracted drivers, and five for having consumed alcohol before driving.

Police picked the month of May because it’s historically a deadly month on King George Boulevard, home to two of the most dangerous intersections in the province as it crosses 88 Avenue and 104 Avenue.

Between 2010 and 2013 there were five fatalities along the corridor, but during the last month, no one was killed in a traffic accident in Surrey.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet says he hopes the message is getting out to drivers they may need to change their behaviours.

“We need to get the message out by prevention,” Paquet said Tuesday. “And when we can’t, the second part of that is enforcement. We hope that these drivers that were issued tickets have made changes.”

At about $170 per citation, there were about $150,000 worth of tickets handed out over the month.

“It’s a costly reminder to change your driving behaviour,” Paquet said. “It’s not as costly a reminder as it could have been had they hit someone.”

Surrey North Delta Leader