Police to target distracted rivers

Texting drivers would be better off to keep their eyes on the road

Sgt. Darrell Robertson says police aim is to keep long weekend safe for everyone.

Sgt. Darrell Robertson says police aim is to keep long weekend safe for everyone.

Members of the Oceanside RCMP are going to be keeping an extra close eye on the other drivers on the road when they’re doing their patrols this long weekend, so drivers may want to put off  that call to their Aunt Mabel until after they park.

RCMP Sergeant Darrell Robertson said the local detachment and highway patrol will have extra officers on the beat over the Labour Day long weekend and, while they’ll be looking for problems such as booze on the beach — as per usual — they’ll also be paying special attention to distracted drivers.

“We are always looking for alcohol on the beach to make sure the parks stay safe,” he said. “There is also going to be a stepped up enforcement in regards to handheld devices and distracted drivers.”

Officers will be checking other motorists to see if they are talking on cell phones, texting or using other electronic devices.

“Overall it’s to keep our streets safe,” he said.