Cherry picker used by RCMP to nab distracted drivers in North Van

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Watch out for cops in high places.

The North Vancouver RCMP is cracking down on distracted drivers with their “eye in the sky” – that is, an officer in a cherrypicker looking for people who are texting and driving. The officers were out in full force Wednesday, saying they were “very busy.”

ICBC kicked off a month-long campaign at the start of March to combat distracted drivers. Police officers have been ramping up enforcement in various municipalities across Metro Vancouver, so this is just one example of a tactic being used by the RCMP.

It’s no surprise that cops are cracking down on distracted drivers – about 25% of all deaths on B.C. roads involve some form of distracted driving, according to stats from ICBC. Additionally, the province’s insurance corporation recently reported that 2,300 crashes happen every year in the province on Easter long weekend, resulting in an average of three deaths.

So if you’re driving at all during the month of March, know that you’re being watched.

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