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Cab helps nab chatty drivers

Deas Island Traffic Services is using a new technique to catch drivers chatting on their smartphone. The taxi pulled over at the side of the road is actually used by spotters to pinpoint violators, who are pulled over down the street by Mounties.  -
Deas Island Traffic Services is using a new technique to catch drivers chatting on their smartphone. The taxi pulled over at the side of the road is actually used by spotters to pinpoint violators, who are pulled over down the street by Mounties.
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If you spot a taxi pulled over to the side of the road along the East-West connector or Highway 99, you might want to keep your hands on the wheel.

Police with Deas Island Traffic Services are employing a new technique to catch distracted drivers unaware.

With an unmarked police cruiser outfitted with a roof-top cab sign, and a couple of decals on the door, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this vehicle for a taxi.

But that’s the point.

Cpl. Robert McDonald, of E Division RCMP Traffic Services, said police use the taxi to spot violators, with an enforcement team parked just down the highway. Whenever a violator is seen, the taxi team radios in the information, and the suspected violator is pulled over.

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