For the first time since distracted driving legislation was brought in five years ago, Calgary police say they’ve seen a decrease in the number of tickets handed out for the offence.
So far this year, the number of people pulled over has dropped 13.5% compared to last year.
As of the beginning of this year, the offence now includes three demerit points rather than just a fine of $287.
Traffic Staff Sgt Paul Stacey says the demerits are the teeth to the legislation since they have an impact on insurance rates and might cause people to have a second thought about picking up their phone in the car.
Stacey says the number of tickets handed out so far this year is 3,774 down from 4,370 for the same time frame last year.
Still though, Stacey says distracted driving remains a big problem with cell phone use still the number one vice of people behind the wheel.
He also says he believes people getting caught may be playing PokemonGo but by the time officers approach a vehicle, phones have been put down and it’s not clear what the person may have been doing.