On Monday, Transportation Minister Todd Stone says tougher penalties are coming for people who can’t keep their hands off their phones.
But will it be enough to actually get people to focus on the road?
Drop it and Drive Founder and Executive Director Karen Bowman says although higher fines could help.
“It goes beyond tickets and demerits. Where the challenge lies is that there is an awareness it’s dangerous but the behavior is still being done. I’m hoping for higher distracted driving fines. B.C. has had the second lowest fines in Canada.”
Bowman says perception around distracted driving needs to change.
“It has to be something that’s very much frowned up and then peer pressure will start come into play in a positive way.”
Bowman would like to see fines start at $500 dollars.
Currently the fine sits at $167 dollars and three demerit points.
ICBC stats show on average 88 deaths a year are due to distracted driving.
Vancouver police issues around 9300 tickets last year and 4000 from January to April this year.