As the B.C. government takes public feedback on increasing or decreasing the penalties for distracted driving, the attorney general says she’s considering more than just upping fines.
Suzanne Anton told reporters on Tuesday the government is also looking for feedback on imposing roadside sanctions, similar to those imposed for impaired drivers, such as impounding vehicles and suspending licences.
“If you are a distracted driver, if you are on your cell phone, and especially if you are on it more than once, should we be considering suspending your licence, and if so, what would the right length of suspension be?”
Of the 12,000 people who have provided feedback so far, Anton says 90 per cent support increasing fines from the current $167, which is the second lowest fine in Canada.
You can provide your feedback on B.C.’s distracted driving penalties here.