How New BC Laws Charge Distracted Drivers A Whopping $2,000 In Fines

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It’s no secret that distracted drivers can get nasty fines for their behaviour; however, they may be shocked at just how high those fines may be, and how easy they are to get.

Not only have RCMP amped up their patrolling techniques, but fines have also increased. In fact, a driver caught twice in a three year period will receive up to $2,000 in fines as well as demerit points.

In addition, these additional offences could mean a revoked license. In turn, they may not be able to drive for 3 months up to year.

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Now, Coquitlam RCMP are sharing just how frequently drivers are getting dinged with traffic tickets related to these offences.

Distracted Drivers Doubled in March

March of 2017 saw 72 distracted driving tickets out of total of 636 tickets issued. In March of 2018, that rose to 145 distracted driving tickets out of 750 total tickets issued.

“In March of 2018, our officers wrote twice the number of distracted driving tickets as we did in March of 2017,” says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.  “It looks like our enhanced enforcement efforts, combined with the use of special techniques like a bucket truck to spot people using their phones, were very effective.”

RCMP add that they don’t desire to hand out more tickets, but will do so in order to change behaviour.

According to BC Driving Lawyers, “As a driver, you have a responsibility to ensure that you are exercising all the care and attention necessary to be a safe road user.”

Ultimately, a litany of behaviours fall under the umbrella of driving without due care or distracted. In turn, it is up to the driver to practice good sense. For example, if a pet hops up and obstructs the driver’s view, then the driver lands a $109 fine and 3 points.

RCMP are reminding drivers holding your phone in your hand while driving risks a ticket; even if you’re using a phone at a stop light, you’re still driving and that’s still considered an offence.

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