Oak Bay Police issued 14 distracted driving tickets in 2018. (Oak Bay News)

Oak Bay police issue two cellphone tickets in short order

‘There’s no excuse for driving while texting’

In 2018 Oak Bay Police issued 14 tickets for distracted driving—just over one a month.

Within a 24 hour period this week, they issued two.

On Jan. 16 they gave a ticket to someone talking on the phone while driving a drilling truck.

The next morning they issued another one during the school rush when they spotted a driver looking at a phone while turning their vehicle.

Each ticket is worth $368, plus four driver penalty points – enough to increase premiums when the time comes to renew insurance.

“There’s no excuse for driving while texting or talking on your phone,” said Oak Bay Police Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties. “It is a selfish act that places others at risk.”

Distracted driving is also enforced in Oak Bay by the Integrated Road Safety Unit, so the tickets issued by Oak Bay Police may not represent the total number of tickets issued in town last year.


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