Police walking the streets of South Surrey Tuesday were dead-set on helping make them safer.
Dressed as zombies holding ‘Happy Halloween’ signs – and armed with sharp eyes and radios connecting them to uniformed police officers waiting just down the road – the undercover Mounties tipped their peers to motorists breaking the province’s traffic laws.
By the end of the operation – conducted at 152 Street and 32 Avenue – 45 violation tickets had been issued, including 28 for distracted driving.
“I’d like to say numbers were a lot less (than usual),” Cpl. Robert McDonald of ‘E’ Division RCMP Traffic Services said Wednesday.
In addition to distracted drivers, police were on the lookout for people who weren’t wearing seatbelts, those driving dangerously and motorists disobeying traffic signals.
McDonald said it is hoped that the Halloween-themed enforcement will remind drivers to be extra cautious on the roads tomorrow night, when a higher-than-usual number of children will be out and about.
“Now is the time to pay attention to your driving,” he said. “We want people to drop the cellphone… for Halloween night, if nothing else.”
Tuesday’s initiative was a joint effort between Lower Mainland District Traffic Services and Surrey RCMP Traffic Services.