The number Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned threw out to reporters was harsh: 48 per cent of motor vehicle incidents in the Lower Mainland that involved deaths were caused by distracted drivers.
That's more than the number of fatalities due to impaired driving, he said.
Cellphones kill more than drunk drivers.
"It's abysmal, the compliance rate," Learned said Wednesday. He sees drivers illegally using their devices in traffic every day.
The Kamloops RCMP are holding a distracted driving blitz later this month, spending some time focusing on finding and fining people who can't stop talking or texting while they're on the road.
While police can't catch everyone, Learned did point out that anyone can report a distracted driver to the RCMP, just like they can if they witness any other crime.
So those who obey the law can take note: all you need is the licence-plate number and a description of the driver. A description of the vehicle is helpful, too, as well as time and location.
The only other thing you need is a willingness to go to court if necessary.
While the time factor puts off some people — or a lack of willingness to get involved — Learned said he has had people report distracted drivers and they have gone to court.
So those who take chances while they're driving should beware: if the police don't catch you, one of the drivers around you just might.