The Codiac Regional RCMP issued 61 tickets for motor vehicle offences as part of a distracted driving initiative and holiday weekend traffic enforcement.
Thirty-one of the tickets were issued on August 3, 2017 as Codiac RCMP enforced the distracted driving law.
"In many cases drivers told us they were just holding the cellphone in their hand and not using it," says Staff Sergeant Éric Larose, Codiac Regional RCMP. "According to the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act, a driver holding a phone or electronic device is considered to be using it."
Another 30 drivers were ticketed by Codiac RCMP during the New Brunswick Day holiday weekend for various traffic offences including speeding, expired vehicle registration and distracted driving.
Codiac RCMP will be continuing to focus attention on distracted driving for the remainder of August. Under the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act, the fine for distracted driving is $172.50 and a driver loses three points from their driver's licence.