Distracted driving deaths have now exceeded those killed by drunk drivers in this province.
ICBC’s director of road safety, John Dickenson, says on average 88 people are killed each year due to distracted driving.
“In an environment where all fatalities are decreasing, that we still have this very preventable cause that is not going down is very much a concern for all of us.”
RCMP Supt. Denis Boucher says police chiefs want tougher legislation from the province.
“Dome other provinces and communities are looking at raising the fine, adding penalty points, and also even seizing the vehicle or seizing the phone for a period of time.”
Police will launch a crackdown campaign this month.