Charlottetown police crack down on distracted driving

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Police in Charlottetown were cracking down on people driving and texting this year.

As part of that initiative, Charlottetown Police Services partnered with the province's Department of Transportation.

As of November, city police had issued 165 tickets for distracted driving.

RELATED: P.E.I. boosts texting while driving fines, drug impairment sentences

Police were also trying to help promote safe Internet practices, adding a link to their website.

That link is designed to help kids stop the spread of sexual pictures and videos through social media, and also to provide them with support should they find themselves needing help to remove images from social media.

The site also has information on dealing with cyber bullying, dealing with peers and supporting youth in crisis.

The link can be found at www.needhelpnow.ca.

Also this year, police launched e-watch, a wireless video system to enhance the agency's ability to better protect communities, as well as police personnel.

By bringing video to more places, protecting the community can extend beyond the reach of existing personnel, allowing police to better monitor the urban centre, out-of-the-way locations, high traffic intersections and special events.

Members of the force also took part in community activities, including prescription drop-off day, presentations for seniors on fraud and personnel safety, the Gold Cup Parade, P.E.I. Marathon, Kids and Cops and Habitat for Humanity builds.

Organizations: Charlottetown Police Services, Department of Transportation, Habitat for Humanity

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Hate Texting
    December 29, 2015 - 12:54

    I sure wish the City could afford more police officers. I am sure there's texting going on in every fourth vehicle on the road. When I am at a traffic light waiting for green, there's usually texting going on. Most often it's girls doing it. I see them behind me and alongside me and they just love doing it. Don't get me wrong; the guys are doing it too but not as noticeable as girls. Why do they have to text their buddies and tell them on Facebook where they are and where they're going. STUPID-STUPID-STUPID

  • Islander
    December 29, 2015 - 11:10

    These stats cannot be right. There are over eighty Police Officers in Charlottetown

  • city resident
    December 29, 2015 - 08:45

    Only 165 charges , there should be a lot more as I see at least 4 each day driving around town myself. I can only imagine what everyone else sees daily. Time for some more sting operations.

    • Big D
      December 29, 2015 - 11:08

      Only 165? Well from Nov 1 to today is 59 days so that means about three tickets per day on top of their other duties; accidents, attempted murder, speeders, drugs, gangs etc.. I'd say that's not bad but of course more caught would be better but unless there is a dedicated section to only handle catching texters it's not going to happen. How about you complain to the general public to stop being idiots rather than the over-worked police?

  • iwmg
    December 29, 2015 - 08:33

    How about you start cracking down on real crime.City police are a joke.How about cleaning up the dope dealers in Charlottetown