The Codiac Regional RCMP will be stepping up enforcement this month related to distracted driving in Greater Moncton.

The enforcement initiative is part of the continuing effort by Codiac RCMP to improve traffic safety for motorists and pedestrians.

"It's important that all of your attention is on the road and you're not distracted by the cell phone in your lap or on any other electronic device while driving," says Staff Sergeant Éric Larose.

"Use a hands-free option, or even better, shut off the ringer on the cell phone, or place the device in the glove box or console storage unit so you are not distracted by incoming texts or calls."

According to statistics on the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) website, a driver who texts is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash when compared with a driver who is paying full attention to the road and their surroundings.

Under the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act, the fine for distracted driving is $172.50 and a driver loses three points from their driver's license.