On June 1, 2016 stronger penalties came into effect for distracted driving in British Columbia.
- Each offence will include a base fine of $368 and will add four penalty points too your driving record;
- First-time offenders will face a minimum $543 in penalties;
- Repeat offenders, upon a second offence within 12 months, will pay $368 plus $520 for a grand total of $888 in financial penalties, with further escalating penalties for additional offences.
The devices banned for use while driving:
- A driver must not hold, operate, communicate or watch the screen of a hand-held electronic communication device.
- A driver must not send or receive text messages or email on any type of electronic device.
- A driver must not hold, operate, communicate or watch the screen of a hand-held electronic computing device, one of the purposes of which is to process or compute data.
- All GLP Drivers are prohibited from using any electronic device while driving; this includes navigation devices, hands-free units and any ‘permitted devices’
TAKE THE PLEDGE - to leave the phone alone while driving
Review the Overview to learn more about why distracted driving has been added to the list of high risk driving infractions.