In their continued effort to enhance road safety and educate citizens on the rules of the road, members of the Halifax Regional Police/RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit are focusing on motorcycle and bicycle safety awareness during the month of May.
With the weather warming up, motorcyclists and cyclists alike are hitting the roads and trails for another season. Officers in the Traffic Unit remind all two-wheeling enthusiasts to ensure their bike is in good working order, adhere to the rules of the road and always wear a helmet. Citizens are reminded that the helmet law applies to both motorcyclists and cyclists. Failing to wear a helmet or failing to wear a helmet with the chin strap properly fastened carries a fine of $141.16 for a first offence and increases for subsequent offences.
During April, the Unit's focus was driver distraction and cell phone compliance. Members of the Unit wrote 876 Summary Offence Tickets for a range of violations during the month, including 139 for illegal cell phone usage.