MPI, Police Partner to Nab Distracted Drivers

MPI, Police Partner to Nab Distracted Drivers

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba Public Insurance has teamed up with eight police agencies across the province to target drivers who continue to use hand-held devices behind the wheel.

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) targets distracted driving, which MPI says is responsible for four in four roads deaths in Manitoba.

“These dedicated, enforcement projects send a powerful message to drivers that high-risk behaviour while driving is not acceptable or tolerated,” said James Allum, minister responsible for MPI.

The fine for using a device behind the wheel is a $200 ticket, plus two demerits.

The enforcement campaign is a joint initiative between MPI, the RCMP and police services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Winkler, Morden, Rivers, Altona and Dakota Ojibway.

— Staff