More than 4,000 distracted-driving tickets in Abbotsford since 2010

The Abbotsford Police Department has released its latest stats on the matter.

This chart shows the breakdown of distracted drivers, by age, in Abbotsford since the beginning of 2010.

This chart shows the breakdown of distracted drivers, by age, in Abbotsford since the beginning of 2010.

The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) has issued 4,025 tickets for distracted driving since Jan. 1, 2010, and the bulk have gone to drivers over the age of 30.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the stats, which were released Thursday, dispel the notion that younger people are more apt to use electronic devices while driving.

He said 31 per cent of the tickets were handed out to drivers under the age of 30, meaning 69 per cent were over that age.

The age category with the largest representation of distracted-driving violations was 31 to 40 at 30 per cent.

The age category of 21 to 30 was the second highest.

The oldest ticketed violator in the city was 80.

“Clearly, people of all ages drive distracted and create road safety issues by using electronic devices while engaged in the complex task of driving,” MacDonald said.

He said police are challenging drivers to do better.

The APD made road safety its top priority for 2013.

 

Abbotsford News