Fredericton Police: Distracted Driving Campaigns Aren’t Getting Through to People

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According to a new report from the CBC, drivers in Fredericton have not been getting the message about the consequences of distracted driving. Fredericton Police said that the number of tickets they issue for distracted driving has not been dropping over the past year, despite all the campaigns.

In a statement, Const. Patrick Small said that most people are too attached to their phones.

“They’re always sending messages … I feel as though because they use it so often, they feel so comfortable with it, that they feel as though they can drive and use the phone at the same time.”

According to statistics from the police department, 105 tickets were handed out in 2015 between June 1 and September 1. In comparison, 130 tickets were handed out during that same period of time in 2016.

Small said that even though there are a lot of campaigns out there, which are warning motorists about the dangers of distracted driving, people are not getting the message. He said that you wouldn’t believe the kinds of things that motorist try to do when they are driving.

“I’ve seen people using electric razors to shave. I’ve seen people putting on lipstick, curling their eyelashes, applying mascara, reading newspapers, eating a bowl of cereal and I’ve seen people reading a book.”

Small also said that there are a lot of common misconceptions among drivers. One very common misconception is that it is okay to use you smartphone while you are stopped at a light or in heavy traffic.

If you are caught to distracted driving on the roads of Fredericton, you will be charged with a $172.50 fine as well as three demerit points.

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  • LadeeDa

    This is true all ACROSS Canada. Law enforcement do NOT have the time to ticket people for this an most driving infractions unless it’s a month-end blitz. Heck, they can’t even nab those aggressive drivers who break the rules of the road every day.

  • Jesse James

    Wrong.
    So what proof u have this is ACROSS Canada?
    BC is hitting drivers hard with massive fines that double every infraction.
    They even have plain clothes and people dressed as bums/ panhandlers on corners & medians at lights to bust you.
    Should and I am sure will soon be a criminal offense.
    My friends daughter a 16 yr old newbie driver just hit a 22yr old while texting, fracturing and shattering her lower half and pelvis and leaving her in a wheelchair and disabled for life.
    The woman she hit was an up and coming gymnast, with a lot of success behind her never to be had again.
    The young driver will never b the same either, she is already getting counseling and has been so traumatized may not ever get back behind the wheel.
    My friends daughter had no concept that using the phone and driving could be so dangerous, she said imbedded thoughts of danger told her only it was never to ok to drink and drive.

    This law needs to change.

  • Michal

    for what little it’s worth, i see people using their phones allllll the time.
    /ontario

  • BigCat

    “They’re always sending messages … I feel as though because they use it so often, they feel so comfortable with it, that they feel as though they can drive and use the phone at the same time.”

    I hear what the good Constable is saying, but see it differently. Basically, these people only care about themselves. I strongly suspect they put themselves first in many other areas of their lives.

    Won’t it be great if there was a national database that was publicly searchable, so that you could decide wether or not to trust this person with your business, look after your house, or even childcare.

  • fatiredflyer

    “they feel so comfortable with it, that they feel as though they can drive and use the phone at the same time.”
    Like the Police do with their ‘cells/radios/computers?
    Lead by example, boys and girls.
    Seize the device!!!
    The legislation is already in place for radar detectors, and tying up a scofflaw’s ‘cell until the charge is cleared will get their attention fast…

  • Jesse James

    Thanks

  • Jesse James

    I know how dangerous it is, obviously misunderstood my comment