Cowichan police officer poses as construction worker to catch distracted drivers

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP members concluded an enforcement campaign last week

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are taking action on distracted driving this year and one member recently hung up his stetson for a hard hat in order to catch offenders.

Detachment members concluded distracted driving campaign blitzes throughout the Cowichan Valley last week, including in Chemainus.

“Members of the RCMP assisted in making a positive impact towards keeping North Cowichan and Duncan area streets safer,” said Cpl. Stephen Merrick. “Please leave your phone alone and remain focused on safe driving – anything can happen in an instant.”

Const. Todd Bozak shed his RCMP uniform and dressed as a construction worker including white hard hat, reflective vest, work boots and measuring stick in order to spot offending motorists.

The result was more than 30 motor vehicle act infractions being “addressed” by the RCMP, including some for distracted driving.

According to police, distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in British Columbia and the initiative was conducted in order to keep the public safe.

Local RCMP are expected to continue with more enforcement campaigns through the year.

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