Charlottetown police crack down on distracted driving

Published on December 29, 2015

Charlottetown police cruiser

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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.

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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.