Thursday, March 31, 2016

Calgary Cop caught using cell phone behind wheel

CALGARY – It’s not unusual to catch a driver or two on their phones while commuting around Calgary, but this photo caught a lot of people by surprise. Eric Coulson posted a photo on March 24, 2016 that appears to show a Calgary Police officer using their cell phone behind the wheel.

Police said they have spoken with the officer from the photo and that the phone use was urgent and work-related. But they admit she could have pulled over and handled this matter more safely.
Vancouver Police say they’ve issued more than 1,600 distracted driving tickets for the month of March.

The ticket blitz was part of a month-long campaign to combat distracted driving which kills dozens in B.C. annually.
A recent US study found one-third of drivers admitted to texting while driving. At least eight people are killed in a distracted driving-related accident every day in the U.S.

A person is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash if they text while driving, and four times more likely if talking on a phone. Using a mobile device while behind the wheel is on the way to becoming the number one cause of fatal car accidents for teenage drivers across Canada.
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