Bike safety operation turns into distracted driving blitz with 18 tickets in two hours

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By Vito Pilieci, Ottawa Citizen, June 27, 2018

A traffic blitz aimed at ensuring drivers were leaving enough space between themselves and cyclists changed into a blitz on distracted drivers Wednesday afternoon.

Police were using a bicycle with equipment that can detect whether a passing car is leaving one metre between itself and a cyclist and rode the bike in and around downtown Ottawa streets.

However, the covert bicycle cop noticed drivers texting or looking at their cellphones while in transit, which quickly led to a flurry of distracted driving charges being laid instead.