West Kootenay traffic police have been participating in a provincial crackdown on distracted drivers.
The fine went up to $368 last year for doing things like driving while talking on your cell phone.
But RCMP Sgt. Chad Badry says it doesn’t seem to have made a dent in their statistics.
Badry says it’s a common misconception that you can use your cell phone while stopped in traffic, which isn’t the case.
Local police have also issued 73 seatbelt tickets so far in 2017.