Monday will see an announcement to raise distracted driving fines… but by how much is the question.
Ahead of the announcement, Public Safety Minister Mike Morris was asked if it would be enough of a deterrent to keep people off their phones and focused on the road.
“All I’m going to say is that distracted driving is a priority for us and we’re going to do everything we can to try and mitigate the amount of deaths that are 100 percent preventable.”
Morris was also asked if he thinks higher fines will stop repeat offenders.
“The proof will be in the pudding, we’ll find out as we go forward.”
Advocates against distracted driving have said they would like to see a minimum 500 dollar fine.
Currently in B.C., the fine stands at 167 dollars and three demerit points.
It remains to be seen if the province will be on par with others like Prince Edward Island and Ontario where, drivers can face anywhere from 400 dollars to 1000 dollars.