Leave the Phone Alone
Prince George, B.C. – The Province’s tough new distracted driving rules go into effect today.
Each distracted driving offense will now be calculated using the fine of $368 (up from $167) combined with increasing driver penalty premiums and possible driving prohibitions.
As 250News reported last month, the new rules are as follows:
- Base fine (for distracted driving) has increased to $368
- The number of penalty points for each infraction is now four (up from three)
- ICBC driver penalty points start at $175 for the first four penalty points and escalate to a minimum $520 for a second offence within the same 12-month period
- A first offence will cost you a minimum $543
- Repeat offenders, upon a second offence within one year will pay the $368 fine plus $520 for a total of $888 in financial penalties which increase with any additional offence
Distracted driving is now considered a high-risk driving offence, which makes it equivalent to excessive speeding, driving without due care and attention and driving without reasonable consideration. Repeat offences could result in a three to 12 month driving prohibition.
Graduated Licensing Program drivers guilty of a distracted driving offence could face a driving prohibition of up to six months.
According to the provincial government, distracted driving and inattention was a contributing factor in killing 66 people and seriously injuring 630 more on provincial roads in 2014.
A provincial review last year indicated 90% of respondents supported stronger financial penalties for distracted driving.