Coun­cil con­cerned about cell­phones and driv­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Tignish Town Coun­cil is call­ing on the RCMP to place ex­tra em­pha­sis on com­bat­ting the use of cell­phones while driv­ing.

Mayor Al­lan McIn­nis sug­gested to Staff Sgt. Der­rick He­witt dur­ing the town’s monthly meet­ing that about 30 to 40 per cent of the driv­ers he meets in the com­mu­nity are on their cell phones or tex­ting while be­hind the wheel.

“I don’t dis­be­lieve that,” the staff sergeant re­sponded.

McIn­nis viewed the prac­tice as a safety con­cern, and the of­fi­cer agreed, in­di­cat­ing he will bring that con­cern to the at­ten­tion of of­fi­cers on pa­trol.

De­spite that is­sue, McIn­nis con­tin­ued to ap­plaud the RCMP for stepped-up pa­trols in re­cent months, in­di­cat­ing res­i­dents are com­pli­men­tary of the en­hanced pres­ence.

He be­lieves speed­ing and the use of ATVs on streets has de­creased. He ac­knowl­edged the de­crease in ATV ac­tiv­ity could also be at­trib­ut­able to the lo­cal ATV club for wel­com­ing the riders to their club­house and trails.

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