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RCMP officers get creative about enforcing seat belt use

A member of the RCMP Northern Traffic Services disguised as a surveyor watches traffic at the top of Junction Road in Springhill.
A member of the RCMP Northern Traffic Services disguised as a surveyor watches traffic at the top of Junction Road in Springhill. - Submitted

Police disguise themselves as surveyors to catch offenders

AMHERST – Officers with the RCMP’s Northern Traffic Services used creativity recently to get the message out to the public about seatbelt use.

Officers rented a pickup truck and dressed as surveyors with uniformed officers nearby in police vehicles. The disguised officers spotted traffic offences and radioed to the uniformed members to stop the vehicles.

During March, at various locations across Cumberland County, 83 seatbelt tickets were issued along with six cellphone tickets, three unregistered vehicle tickets, three expired safety inspection tickets and one man with an outstanding warrant was arrested.

Police also issued 17 warnings.

Police want motorists to know seat belt use is important each and every time you are in a vehicle, not just when you think the police are watching.

Nova Scotia RCMP want to remind drivers to think about the actions they take when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle on Nova Scotia highways.

If there's something you can do to improve your own safety, or the safety of other drivers, take the steps to make it happen. Whether it's ensuring that you and everyone in your vehicle are properly buckled up, that you're not distracted by a cell phone, or that you could drive at a more appropriate speed, it's important.

To report unsafe drivers, call 1-800-803-RCMP or 911.

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