Distracted driving is a bad idea, especially in Mission

Mission RCMP Const. Reid Trustham has issued more than 150 violation tickets

If you needed another reason to put the phone down while driving in Mission, look no further.

The British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP) has recognized a local Mission RCMP member for his service and dedication to traffic enforcement and the safety of B.C. citizens.

For the 2017 year, Const. Reid Trustham from the Mission RCMP Traffic Section issued more than 150 violation tickets under the Motor Vehicle Act for distracted driving related offences.

According to recent stats collected by ICBC, distracted driving now causes more fatal crashes in B.C. than impaired driving.

“It’s not about stats or quota’s for us. Behind every ticket is a person. It really is about correcting driving behavior for the purposes of keeping people safe. I know this is Const. Trustham’s main motivation and we are extremely proud of him here at Mission Detachment,” said Cpl. Nathan Berze.

The Mission RCMP wants to remind the public that targeted distracted driving enforcement is something that will continue in Mission and the surrounding area. Police urge the public to pay full attention to the road and to take a break from the phone when driving.

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