Drivers still don't get the message
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New Counterattack figures released by the RCMP are showing thousands of drivers still aren't getting the message when it comes to safe driving.
September marks the one-year anniversary of BC's new impaired driving penalties.
Superintendent Norm Gaumont with the RCMPs Traffic Services section says over 470 30-day driving prohibitions have been handed-out since July.
Add to that, 443 impoundments for excessive speed, "That's people driving forty-five kilometres over the speed limit. That's just horrendous when you're thinking about the amount of traffic that we have in the Lower Mainland, and dangerous that is."
Gaumont adds nearly two-thousand tickets have been slapped on those caught using their phones.
It's said over forty-percent of all fatal crashes are caused by inattentive, distracted drivers.
Meanwhile, 7 motocyclists have been killed on Lower Mainland roads since May, and that has the RCMP issuing a plea for riders to slow down.
Gaumont says the number of fatalities in 2011 is well on its way to breaking records.
In both 2009 and 2010, nine bikers were killed over the course of the entire year, "The message to the general public is that they have to be on the look-out for motorcycles, and for motorcyclists, to slow down, and drive much more defensively than they have been."
Gaumont adds bikers aren't reacting quick enough to their surroundings, especially in heavy traffic.