Charlottetown police promised a crackdown on using hand-held devices while driving and over the weekend they delivered.
Police charged 11 people for either talking or texting while driving over the weekend and another five on Monday.
Those 16 drivers were handed a $250 fine and a $20 victim’s surcharge. They will also be handed three demerit points.
Charlottetown Deputy Police Chief Gary McGuigan says most people support the ban but don’t believe it applies to them.
“People are just not getting the message,” McGuigan said.
Last week, Charlottetown Police Service warned drivers that it would be conducting an enforcement blitz on the illegal use of hand-held devices in the city of Charlottetown.
Charlottetown Deputy Police Chief Gary McGuigan says most people support the ban but don’t believe it applies to them. -
Still, McGuigan said 16 people were caught.
He said that the police department is also dealing with an increased number of accidents related to local people being distracted by talking or texting while driving.
“There have been accidents caused by talking and texting while driving. That’s a fact.”
Charlottetown Police Service has charged and convicted nearly 100 people this year to date under the legislation.
McGuigan said the enforcement blitz would continue.
He said that might also include more ‘covert’ operations.
In some jurisdictions in the Maritimes, police will dress in costume to observe people’s habits while driving.