If you’re in traffic today, you’ll want to leave the phone alone. That, or risk getting slapped with one of B.C.’s tough new distracted driving fines.
New rules roll out today including a heftier hit to the wallet, along with a boost in penalty points.
First-time offenders are now looking at a fine of $543 dollars as well as four penalty points.
For the second offence, you’ll be on the hook for more than $800.
Get caught a third time? The fine can be $1,600 dollars. And major repeat offenders, like the Richmond driver nailed for 14 distracted driving offences, could be slapped with fines of nearly $15,000.
Over the past three years, approximately 50,000 distracted driving tickets have been issued annually.
Numbers from 2014 show 66 deaths, and 630 serious injuries, with distracted and inattentive driving as a contributing factor.