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RCMP officer injured after cruiser rear-ended

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say one of their officers was injured Sunday afternoon, when his cruiser was hit from behind at a red light.

It happened at the intersection of Chaster Road and the Trans Canada, around 2:30 pm.

Cpl. Krista Hobday says a car being driven by a 57-year-old Saanich man didn’t stop in time to avoid hitting the police car.

Hobday says the RCMP officer had to be taken to hospital with back injuries and could be off duty for some time while recovering.

The other driver suffered a minor cut.

He was also handed a citation for driving without due care and attention; a fine of $368.

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RCMP say the collision is a good reminder of the lessons they tried to get across during distracted driving month in March.

“Just coming off the heels of March which was distracted driver awareness month, we can not stress enough how important it is to keep your eyes on the road and your mind focused on driving,” says Cpl. Krista Hobday.  “It could be the difference between life and death.”

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