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Posted: July 14, 2021

Summer traffic enforcement targets set

Through July and August, Elk Valley RCMP will continue to target impaired drivers.

However extra attention will be spent on tinted windows and distracted drivers using handheld cell phones.

“There has been a noticeable increase in the amounts of vehicles with tinted side windows next to the driver and front passenger,” said Cst. Debra A. Katerenchuk of Elk Valley RCMP.

The BC Motor Vehicle Act prohibits this window tint and violators can expect to receive a $109 Violation Ticket and a Notice & Order directing the driver to remove the tint within a period of time.

“While police understand people seem to like the tint for privacy reasons, the tint prevents other drivers, pedestrian and cyclists from making eye contact with the driver, which is important for road safety. In the event of a collision, the tint can also interfere with the engineered safety glass from shattering properly and thus causing more injuries or preventing a timely rescue,” Cst. Katerenchuk explained.

Police continue to observe drivers using cell phones, or electronic devices, while driving which can cause severe distractions. The fine for this offence starts at $368 and escalates for repeat offenders and Class 7 drivers.

“With numerous technological options available, simply there is no excuse for a driver to be operating a handheld device anymore. If one needs to use a phone, then just pull over and stop,” Katerenchuk stated.

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