New, harsher penalties are coming soon for drivers who refuse to put the phone down, including one woman who has been nabbed fourteen times, so far.
That from BC’s Superintendent of Motor Vehicles Sam McLeod, weighing in on the chronic offender.
“Fourteen traffic tickets for distracted driving in five years is really egregious driving behaviour. I think it signals a total disregard for the rules of the road and a total disregard for public safety.”
McLeod says the province will announce much stricter consequences for distracted driving in early May.
“I think there is a recognition that these fines are set too low in BC. We need to increase the sanctions. Distracted driving is the number two cause of fatal crashes in BC and we do need to do something about it.”
He says higher fines will be a deterrent.
Listen: Jon McComb and Superintendent of Motor Vehicles Sam McLeod talk distracted driving