RCMP are reminding people to pay attention behind the wheel after they received a report of a woman who was pumping breast milk while driving.
On Friday morning, West Shore RCMP tweeted they got a report of a car “all over the road.”
“Driver pumping her breast milk while driving!” West Shore RCMP tweeted.
Distracted Driving comes in many forms. Got a report of a car all over the road. Driver pumping her breast milk while driving! #eyesfwdbc
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) September 22, 2017
Const. Alex Bérubé with the West Shore RCMP said they received the traffic complaint about a vehicle going all over Jacklin Road in Langford just after 8 a.m.
“What was particular in this case was that the woman driver was alleged to be pumping milk using a breast pump while driving,” Bérubé said.
Police have not yet been able to contact the driver and are still investigating the report.
“Obviously the right thing to do in this case would be [to] do it before getting behind the wheel or pull over if she needed to do it right away,” Bérubé said.
West Shore RCMP’s tweet comes two days after the Vancouver Police Department posted that a distracted driver received two $368 tickets within an eight-minute span, just six blocks apart. The driver, who was in a rented grey Hyundai Accent, also earned eight penalty points on their licence, worth an additional $520 in fees.
— @VPDTraffic (@VPDTrafficUnit) September 21, 2017
ICBC launched a distracted driving campaign in September, along with the provincial government and police. According to ICBC, distracted driving has surpassed impaired driving as the second most common cause of death on B.C. highways. Speed is still in the number one spot.
The campaign includes new television and radio ads, theatre ads and public safety announcements. Police across the province have also increased their enforcement.
“We encourage drivers to keep their eyes on the road and to stay hands-free,” Bérubé said.
Last month, B.C. Attorney General David Eby said he wants ICBC to use technology that could help stop distracted driving. The technology could include apps that block texts and calls in moving cars.