It’s rush hour, do you know where your phone is?
If you’re driving through the intersection of West Broadway Avenue and South Granville Street during the evening rush hour this Friday (September 16) then your phone better not be in your hand.
Just after 2 p.m. Vancouver Police set up a large sandwich board sign on the West Broadway median on the east side of the intersection with South Granville. The sign informs westbound motorists:
“If you’re driving… Leave the phone alone”.
The police also had some signs of the wire and plastic sort, designed to be stuck in lawns (these didn’t stick so well in the pavement).
Along with posted warning signs, traffic watchers were posted on all four corners of the intersection—both police officers in uniform and other men and women wearing bright yellow safety vests.
The signs went up at about 2:10 p.m. Within 10 minutes I saw the first driver pulled over in the eastbound lane of the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue.
The ensuing conversation between the officer and the driver went on for a few minutes and the officer stepped back for another minute or two, in order to converse over his radio. The latter suggested that the officer was running the driver’s name and registration. However, it did not appear that a ticket was issued. Perhaps the police are simply handing out friendly warnings today.
Anyway, phone or text your friends to warn them—but only in a safe, hands-free manner if you’re driving. Click the images to enlarge them.