March is #DistractedDriving Awareness month and on Wednesday, Vancouver Police were busy handing out distracted driving tickets in downtown.
Officers were set up on Granville Street to catch anyone who might be using their phone while driving.
In 2.5 hours, 15 drivers received tickets for distracted driving.
Vancouver Police tweeted this:
Our officer & volunteers are still set up on Granville Street watching for distracted drivers. In 2.5 hours, 15 drivers have already received tickets for #DistractedDriving. Please #LeaveYourPhoneAlone. #DontDriveDistracted!#VPD #KnowYourPartBC pic.twitter.com/9z3EX8i7XV
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) March 13, 2019
A driver caught twice in a three year period will receive up to $2,000 in fines as well as points. This makes the new fine a staggering $750 more than the previous one.
Not only will repeat offenders incur this enormous fine, but additional offences could mean a revoked licence. They may not be able to drive for 3 months up to year.
The new rules came into effect last year and police have stepped up their engagement since then.