Motorists seem to be getting the message about not texting and driving.
However, despite years of advertising, campaigns and enforcement, it appears motorists still haven’t warmed up to the idea of wearing a seatbelt.
A total of 58 motorists were ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt Saturday as four RCMP officers from North Okanagan Traffic Services and the Integrated Road Safety Unit combined to do an eight-hour enforcement campaign in Vernon.
Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., the officers conducted various standing and roving cell phone and seatbelt checks.
A total of 83 violation tickets were issued which included the 58 non-seatbelt tickets, and 14 to people caught using their cell phones behind the wheel.
“That number is quite high, it’s very surprising,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk in reference to the seatbelt violations.
The fine for both using a cell phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt is $167, meaning local officers issued $12,024 in fines in the eight-hour period on those tickets alone.
Four motorists were ticketed for failing to stop at a stop sign, and officers issued seven other assorted tickets.
“The campaigns are going to continue,” said Molendyk.