You Can Get Fined A Whopping $368 For Snacking While You Drive In BC


While it may be tempting to scarf down that bagel while you are waiting at a redlight, RCMP warn that you may pay a pretty penny to do so.

On September 12th, RCMP Traffic used their “ticket Tuesday” hashtag to tweet about a larger, possibly lesser known fine.

“Driving without due care” may seem like an ambiguous term, and it covers a great deal of territory; however, police warn that even the simple act of snacking can fall under this umbrella.

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. Case law has stated that driving without due care and attention focuses on the manner in which a vehicle is operated.”


Fined For Food And More

In the tweet they chose to highlight soup, as it is obviously one of poorer foods to attempt to manage while behind the wheel. But, it should be noted that there are myriad foods that may put you out a large sum of money – $368 to be exact. Not only that, but you’ll also get dinged 6 demerit points – yikes!

While the usual fines usually fall around $368, major penalties can soar to a staggering $2000.

On August 15th the RCMP tweeted about another, lesser known traffic fine. While most people are aware that there’s a fine associated for not wearing a seatbelt, many are unaware that simply wearing one improperly comes with a hefty penalty. If you’re pulled over and police determine that you aren’t properly strapped in, you’ll get dinged with a $167 fine.

It’s safe to say it’s always pay to exercise due diligence while driving, and probably best to eat your meals before or after your commute.

Follow @BCRCMPTraffic on Twitter to stay updated with all of their “ticket Tuesday” notifications.

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  • dan saruk

    So what make a cop better at driving using a computer,cell phone and a radio all at once.
    There is no special training for doing any one of the three tasks while driving but you see them do it all the time.
    I’m not saying if they can do it so should we.

  • Ed Robinson

    Ok then, let’s just get rid of drive thru’s.

  • Don Aquapel

    What about smokers?

  • Richard Boese

    Yes there is special training for police while driving and operating the radio….high speed pursuit driver training. I know….I went through the intensive course.

  • Xxandrew420

    No shit… whatever this also means the piggies can’t eat their donuts and drive either right ?

  • Leah Smith

    agreed. I have seen this as well and he wasn’t doing it with grace

  • bb49

    And you know this from your experience sitting in the back of a police car?

  • Dan Saruk

    Your a funny guy!
    Your gonna tell me that you’ve never seen a cop on a computer while driving.

  • bb49

    Most computers in police cars shut off when the speed of the car reaches about 20 kph. Same as automatic door locks.
    As for cops using phones, etc., they do receive training.
    And it’s spelled “you’re”.

  • Ethen Ahlm

    Gonna whip my misplaced order at mcdonalds at you windshield while my monopoly icbc payment comes out of my account while my stolen credit card gets spent in the states….

  • Debbie McBeth Bryson

    What about smokers?? And them damn E cigs that fill the car with smoke?

  • ElBrandoGrande

    Sounds like revenue generation to me. Easier to write tickets than solve crimes…. More profitable too!