A lumber truck driver ticketed near Lac La Hache this week for distracted driving points up very serious dangers of texting and driving.
It is also a warning to responsible motorists to be vigilant in watching for erratic drivers on the road lest they be hit by one.
100 Mile RCMP report that at about 7:53 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18 they received information from Williams Lake RCMP that a fully loaded lumber truck heading toward 100 Mile House on Highway 97 was driving erratically, crossing into the oncoming lane and over onto the shoulder area.
Police located the truck and observed the truck driving into the oncoming lane, as well as nearly losing the fully loaded trailer into the ditch after veering onto the shoulder area.
The truck was stopped near Lac La Hache where the driver admitted to texting on his cellular phone.
The driver, a male resident from Alberta was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for emailing or texting while driving.
“This incident is an example of the dangers of distracted driving while using electronic devices,” reports Cpl. Brian Lamb of the 100 Mile House RCMP.
“This incident could have resulted in a serious collision given the driver’s inability to maintain his lane of travel.
“Police would like to remind all motorists that the use of electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle is an offence and carries a $167 fine under the Motor Vehicle Act.”