Amherst Police crack down on distracted drivers

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21 tickets, 13 warnings issued for cell phone use while driving

Amherst Police issued 21 tickets during a distracted driving campaign in April.

Amherst Police issued 21 tickets during a distracted driving campaign in April.

AMHERST – During the month of April, the Amherst Police Department issued 21 tickets and issued 13 warnings to drivers observed using a hand held cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.

The department focused on combatting the issue of distracted driving in the community during the month conducted 15.5 hours of checkstops at various locations in Amherst.

Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police Department said officers would like to remind residents that the best practice would be to shut their cell phone off in the car and this will help avoid the temptation to use it while driving. 

Drivers should also ask any passengers in the vehicle to answer or make calls on their behalf. 

A hands-free device can also be used if drivers must take a call. 

Drivers without a hands-free device can make or answer cell phone calls in their vehicle if they have pulled over to the side of the road in a safe manner.

The public can report distracted drivers in our area by calling the department at 667-8600.

 

Organizations: Amherst Police Department

Geographic location: Amherst

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  • Joanne Leaman
    May 14, 2014 - 10:22

    great to see...but if you ask me...they should be leading by example as well...for a living I am on the roads of moncton all day every day.. and I see our finest talking on their cells all the time while driving hand free devices and bluetooth work for them as well. way to go. :)