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Police to launch anti-distracted driving campaign

Brandon police will be watching for people who use their cell phones behind the wheel.

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Brandon police will be watching for people who use their cell phones behind the wheel.

Behind the wheel? If your eyes aren't on the road, then the police are looking for you.

Provincial police agencies will be targeting distracted drivers — primarily cell phone users — over the next two weeks.

The Brandon Police service has teamed up with MPI as well as the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service to launch what they are calling Operation "No Phone Zone" from Feb. 6–19.

They'll be targetting people who are driving while talking or texting on their cell phones, as well as aiming to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Since Manitoba banned the use of cell phones while driving in 2010, Brandon police have issued 189 tickets.

The campaign is to be launched at 11 a.m. Monday, at Dinsdale Park.

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I took my children to school this morning and I have been out and about for most of the morning.

I have seen two vehicles pulled over by the BCP thus far.

Now the police are using an unmarked, grey, new box car.

I saw this vehicle pull someone over near Vincent Massey High School.

Their lights were flashing and there appeared to be two officers in this vehicle.

There is no excuse for not using hands free devices in your vehicle. For all Onstar equipped vehicles, there is a Bluetooth Onstar Replacement. Bluestar 2010 allows you to use the Onstar system to make and answer calls. It is available in Winnipeg (www.bluestar2010.com). For all other vehicles there is lots of aftermarket products you can use.

Its still very common to see people on their cell phones...I see it almost every day! maybe this will curtail it somewhat.

BRAVO, indeed!

It's ABOUT TIME!

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