“We will be bringing in new penalties over the next couple of months. We’re looking at both points and the amount of the fine.”
Distracted drivers be warned: Fines and penalties for doing so will soon be coming with stiffer punishments.
“When you’re driving, you’ve got a task, which is to drive. You’ve got to concentrate on that and not get distracted by things around you and not get distracted by electronic devices.”
B.C.’s Justice Minister Suzanne Anton couldn’t commit to an exact timeline of when the new fines will be imposed.
The province’s current fines are $167, the second lowest in the country.
Anton says last year’s numbers on road safety are unacceptable.
“Two hundred and ninety deaths is nearly six days out of seven that somebody has died on our highways in British Columbia.”
In Ontario, the fines are now $1,000 for distracted driving.