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York Regional Police ride the bus to catch distracted drivers in Richmond Hill

A YRP officer used the higher vantage point from the bus to see if people were driving while distracted
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Const. Boyd boards a Viva bus in Richmond Hill as part of the distracted driving blitz.

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. 



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. 



Shortly after that another driver was pulled over after they were seen without their hands on the wheel. 



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. 



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." 



Drivers caught driving while distracted receive a $615 fine along with six demerit points. 



Elizabeth Keith

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Elizabeth Keith is a general assignment reporter. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2017. Elizabeth is passionate about telling local stories and creating community.
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