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New Methods to Spot Distracted Drivers

by Anna Mischke | May 17, 2017
04-03-17_buckettruckIn an effort to stop distracted driving, Canadian cops have become creative in their tactics. The police force has paired up with bucket trucks to catch drivers behind the wheel attempting to text, use their phone, or other everyday infractions such as not wearing a seatbelt. The effort is part of a campaign in Chilliwack called “Project Sweep”. Officers dress as construction workers, and take their vantage point in bucket trucks. Once a distracted driver is spotted using high-powered scopes, a uniformed officer on the ground is contacted to pull over the offender and issue a ticket.

Distracted driving kills 81 people on average every year, and someone is five times more likely to crash if they are not paying attention to the road. In one afternoon, 77 tickets were handed out, 37 of the tickets were for people being on their cellphone or other electronic devices. The 12 officers on hand to write the tickets were not enough to keep up with the constant flow of vehicles targeted for infractions. The method used by Canadian police was summed up to be extremely successful in enforcement and awareness for distracted driving. Distracted driving can be prevented with more awareness to the public and traffic enforcement. 

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