Manitoba is not rendering when to enforce its new law & # 39; distracts drive, which entered into force on 1 & # 39; November.
By the end of November, the police had suspended license & # 39; more than 240 driver for a minimum of & # 39; three days, the Public Insurance officials & # 39; Manitoba said.
"These police enforcement of the numbers confirm that too Manitobans have not yet received the message about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving, and it should be & # 39; concern for all users of path ", said Satvir Jatana, MPI Vice President of Communications. news release
Manitoba RCMP and the Police Service & # 39; Brandon iddixxew drivers 67 and 21, respectively, in & # 39; November to use hand operated electronic devices while driving.
MPI said on Monday that the Police Service & # 39; 149 Winnipeg suspended license. Later Monday, the division traffic WPS Insp. Gord SPADO provided updated numbers, said the city police had suspended license period 153 & # 39; month.
The provincial total, including updated numbers of police & # 39; Winnipeg, is & # 39; 241.
In 2017, the distracted driving was a contributing factor in & # 39; more than 15,000 collision, and 30 people died in & # 39; of & # 39 crashes, motor vehicle-related & # 39; distraction, says the news release.
Besides immediate suspension on the road, drivers convicted using electronic devices operated by hand while driving also face a fine of & # 39; $ 672 and five demerits on the scale of classification of security -Driver of & # 39; MPI.
"Expected to see a greater reduction"
Insp of & # 39; Winnipeg SPADO said he was surprised that the new law of impaired driving did not result in a greater reduction in the number of & # 39; penalized drivers compared to & # 39; November 2017 F & # 39; that month, police issued 183 city ticket for driving distracted, he said, but it is still too early to suggest that there will be no lasting change.
"I've expected to see a greater reduction. But I think month & # 39; data not enough to say that is not working," he said.
"It is a very small sample size and will take months before we see some sort of & # 39; & # 39 trends or x; type & # 39; impact this change has made."
Brian Smiley, the communications director & # 39; MPI, said he was more disappointed than surprised by the numbers for last month.
"It is disappointing to see that people still are doing this … Take some time to change driving behavior," he said.
"But other again & # 39;, we are hopefully. Certainly there & # 39 x lot of work, done to do but we will move & # 39; forward, we will try to make our roads safer".
"Our officers regularly check to districts drivers cause crashes resulting in serious injury and even death on the roads throughout the province, these drivers are all Manitobani clear risk", said Assistant Commissioner RCMP, Scott Kolody.
"These new penalties and b & # 39; health send a very clear message that such driving behavior will not be tolerated."
"They just can not itħalluh"
Winnipeggers talked about the BBC News at One way to tell who are not convinced that the new rules put an end to distracted driving.
Bob Baisinger, who spoke to CBC News while he was going through Osborne Village, said he did not drive now, but he had run-ins before drivers distracted behind the wheel. As a pedestrian, he said he found it irritating to see drivers with their phones at & # 39; hands.
"I'm happy to put punishment. I hope it works", said Baisinger.
But he did not expect a miracle.
"It remains to happen, because they just can not itħalluh", he said.
Rebecca Craig, who spoke to CBC while walking in & # 39; The Osborne Village, said she does not expect to see driving completely eliminated district, either. But she is happy to see the most severe penalties, she heard people talk about.
"People, you know, they use their phones for Google Maps and stuff. I think it will always be a problem", she said.
"But I think it's a good idea to have all those consequences."