Distracted driving rules supported

The provincial government is implementing a range of penalties for distracted drivers June 1.

The provincial government is implementing a range of penalties for distracted drivers June 1.

“Distracted driving has much in common with drinking and driving. Both are completely avoidable and too often have devastating consequences,” said Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA.

Each offence will include a base fine of $368 – up from $167 – and will add four penalty points to a person’s driving record.

First-time offenders will face a minimum $543 in financial penalties, which includes ICBC’s escalating driver penalty point (DPP) premium of $175 for the first offence.

Repeat offenders, upon a second offence within 12 months will pay the $368 fine plus the ICBC DPP of $520 for a total of $888 in financial penalties, which escalate further for any additional offence

Repeat offenders will also have their driving record subject to automatic review which could result in a three-to-12 month driving prohibition.

“For drivers who do not learn from their mistakes, we are hitting irresponsible drivers where it hurts, their wallets and the privilege of having a licence,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

 

Vernon Morning Star

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