In their continued effort to address traffic safety issues and educate citizens on the rules of the road, the HRP/RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit will continue to focus on speeding enforcement as well as distracted driving during the month of July.
Driver distraction, such as talking or texting on a cell phone, is a leading cause of collisions in Canada. On April 1, 2008, hand-held cell phone use and text messaging while driving became prohibited in Nova Scotia. Despite education and enforcement surrounding this issue people continue to use cell phones while driving. Every year, HRM Partners in Policing issue in excess of 2,000 tickets for this infraction which carries a fine starting at $169.91. It’s safest to avoid talking on a cell phone while driving but if you must answer/make calls, use a hands-free device and keep your hands on the wheel.
Speed is another major contributing factor in collisions. We remind motorists that increased speed decreases your reaction time and increases your stopping distance. The summer brings an increase of tourists, cyclists and pedestrians who all need to share the roadway. The added traffic means motorists must be alert and prepared to react. Please help ensure this summer is safe for everyone by obeying the speed limit.
The Unit's focus during June was speed awareness. Officers issued 852 Summary Offence Tickets during the month for a range of Motor Vehicle Act violations including 570 for speed related infractions.