In a distracted driving blitz on Oct. 14, York Regional Police officers rode the Viva bus to catch people on their phone while driving in Richmond Hill.
At about 8:30 a.m. Const. Boyd boarded the southbound bus on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill to get a higher vantage point to see if people were distracted behind the wheel.
His fellow officers from District 2, C Platoon were in cruisers ready to respond and those in the passenger seat documented the blitz on twitter.
ALL ABOARD: This morning Constable Boyd has traded his cruiser for an @vivaNext bus. He’ll be on the lookout for distracted drivers, with a little help from his #2 District ‘C’ Platoon mates. Follow along as we head southbound on Yonge Street. #RoadSafety pic.twitter.com/uvS0xTmtRZ— York Regional Police (@YRP) October 14, 2021
Shortly into the ride, YRP tweeted that they had caught their first driver.
"Well, that didn’t take long. We’ve just pulled over our first driver who was spotted texting while driving," they said online.
Well, that didn’t take long.— York Regional Police (@YRP) October 14, 2021
We’ve just pulled over our first driver who was spotted texting while driving.
That’ll be a hefty $615 ticket and 6 demerit points.
Even a moment of inattention while operating a vehicle can lead to tragedy. pic.twitter.com/m7S7n3zdoS
Shortly after that another driver was pulled over after they were seen without their hands on the wheel.
Sometimes it’s too easy.— York Regional Police (@YRP) October 14, 2021
This driver was cruising with no hands on the wheel.
Smart phones are great, but they can’t steer your vehicle. pic.twitter.com/suPnvKsxrs
While pulling over another vehicle, YRP tweeted that there is no excuse for distracted driving and reminded people to keep their eyes on the road.
We’ve probably heard every excuse in the book.— York Regional Police (@YRP) October 14, 2021
Doesn’t matter if you are just looking up an address or late because of the kids.
Keep your eyes on the road and off of your phone while driving. pic.twitter.com/2e3U4kErbQ
At about 11:30 a.m. YRP tweeted to say that they had wrapped up the distracted driving blitz for the day but said "our officers will still be out across the region keeping our roadways safe."
This is our stop.— York Regional Police (@YRP) October 14, 2021
While we’ve wrapped today’s distracted driving blitz on @vivaNext, our officers will still be out across the region keeping our roadways safe.
Thanks go out to members of #2 District ‘C’ Platoon for hosting this edition of #YRPTweetsFromTheStreets. pic.twitter.com/HTaP3Jz5mR
Drivers caught driving while distracted receive a $615 fine along with six demerit points.