Get prepared to pay a lot more if you get caught talking or texting on your cell phone while behind the wheel.
Fines for distracted driving are going up with a ticket costing you $368 dollars.
But that’s not all.
Another $175 in driver penalty point premiums for first time offenders will bring the total to $543 for a first time offender.
And those penalty points and fines keep rising from there.
A second infraction within a 12 month period will cost the base fine plus another $520 penalty point premiums for a total of $888.
Public Safety minister Mike Morris says if someone gets two or more tickets in a year they could face a driving ban.
“There will be an automatic review by the Superintendent’s office if someone receives two distracted riving tickets within one year.”
Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) drivers will also face a review after a first distracted driving offence, with a possible driving ban of up to six months.
Penalty point premiums
If occurring within a year, penalty points go from a $175 for a first offence, to to over $14,000 for a tenth offense.
Transportation minister Todd Stone had this advice for people addicted to their smart phones.
“If you know you are a person who can’t leave your phone alone while driving, turn if off and put in your trunk, put it in your glove compartment. Put it somewhere where you can’t actually reach it.”
Total financial penalties, assuming each offence occurs within a 12-month period:
B.C. previously had a fine of $167 and three demerit points on one’s license in the event they were caught driving.
The changes come into effect June 1st, 2016.
How the new law compares to other provinces: