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Police crack down on distracted drivers in Burnaby

Police will be cracking down on distracted drivers this month. RCMP got an early start on Monday in Burnaby when officers witnessed 45 violations, including 26 for cell phone use and 12 for not wearing a seatbelt, all in a 90-minute period.

“Despite saturating the area with police officers, we had to allow just as many violations go,” says RCMP Supt. Norm Gaumont, head of traffic services for the RCMP’s Lower Mainland District. “We couldn’t process the volume of violators fast enough. We could have pulled over a driver a minute for distracted driving or seatbelt infractions, if we’d had double the officers out there.”

The worst case involved a person running a red light while talking on a cell phone. “He said he didn’t see the red light,” said Gaumont. “Well, I wonder why not.”

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