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FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP are reminding drivers to wear their seatbelts and stay away from distractions for this month’s awareness campaign.

Police say distracted driving is the second leading contributing factor in traffic fatalities, behind speeding and ahead of impaired driving, and contributes to more than one in four deaths on B.C. roads.

B.C. RCMP and other police agencies across the province kicked off their annual Distracted Driving/ Occupant Restraint campaign on March 1st with an enforcement blitz, followed by stepped-up distracted driving and seatbelt enforcement throughout the month.

Mounties say distracted driving includes:

Those caught using their phones while driving will result in a $368 fine and four penalty points.

Officers utilized various tools to enforce the distracted driving laws, such as foot patrols, using long-range telescopes, check stops, and even dressing up as construction workers to protect the driving public, according to police.

The FSJ RCMP are asking motorists to buckle up no matter how far they’re driving as “most collisions occur close to home.”

“Fines for not wearing a seatbelt are $167. Additional penalties can be issued for unrestrained or improperly restrained children with tickets for $109,” said Cst Chad Neustaeter.

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