Fines for Distracted Driving Doubling
As of June 1, 2016, the fine associated with a distracted driving violation ticket will increase from $167 to $368, with penalty points for driver records also increasing from 3 points to 4. The total cost to a driver for a first infraction will be $543, and if a second infraction occurs within a year that amount will increase to $888. Further infractions will lead to further escalations.
Distracted driving infractions are also being added to the list of high risk driving infractions, which will trigger early intervention and driving prohibitions through the Driver Improvement Program (DIP). Experienced drivers could have their driving records reviewed by DIP, potentially resulting in a 3 - 12 month prohibition, while Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) drivers could potentially receive a 1 - 6 month prohibition or more for subsequent infractions.
For more information on what is considered distracted driving, rules and penalties, and which devices are banned while driving and which are permitted, see Distractions While Driving recently published by the Government of British Columbia.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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