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Richmond RCMP sees increase in seatbelt, unsafe driving violations

More than 700 traffic tickets were issued during April.
Richmond RCMP issued 745 traffic tickets in April.

The number of distracted driving tickets given out by police dropped following a March blitz, but April saw an increase in other traffic violations, according to Richmond RCMP's latest statistics.

A total of 745 Motor Vehicle Act violation tickets were issued throughout April, with the top three categories being 178 tickets for driver licence infractions, 145 for speeding and 122 for vehicle defects such as the lack of lights and insurance.

Moving infractions, such as unsafe lane change and unsafe passing, yielded 106 tickets, while 92 were issued for distracted driving, 41 for intersection violations and 28 for impaired driving.

The number of distracted driving tickets issued last month shows a significant decrease from the 168 issued in March during Richmond RCMP and ICBC's distracted driving crackdown.

However, the City of Richmond's April community safety report, however, shows only 64 tickets were issued in February and 86 were issued in January.

The number of tickets issued for seatbelt violations in April, at 20, is the highest to date in 2024. According to the community safety report, police issued 13 violation tickets in March and two in February for the same violation.

Moving infractions also increased by 45 per cent compared to March, when 73 tickets were issued in the same category.

Last month, police announced plans to target speeding drivers throughout May.

This includes increased enforcement along Highway 91 due to "an increase in collisions and traffic complaints," as well as the following high-volume collision areas:

  • No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway
  • Minoru Boulevard and Granville Avenue
  • Minoru Boulevard and Lansdowne Road
  • Cambie Road and Odlin Crescent
  • No. 1 Road and Youngmore Road

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