Distracted Driving will now cost you more!
A driver with two distracted driving tickets in a three-year period will pay penalties up to as much as $2,000. This is in addition to their regular insurance premium.
Distracted driving is considered serious high risk behavior.
First offense will cost you $740 plus demerit points and higher insurance premiums.
B.C.'s provincial government has announced it will be targeting distracted drivers with higher insurance premiums.
The change will mean distracted driving will be considered a high-risk behavior under the ICBC Driver Risk Premium program.
Driver Risk Premium charges are fees above and beyond a regular car insurance plan, and can be charged even if the driver does not own or insure a vehicle.
This means a driver with two distracted driving tickets in a three-year period could see their financial penalties rise up to as much as $2,000.
Currently about 12,000 people in B.C. have multiple distracted driving offenses. The change will result in an extra $3 million to $5 million in additional premiums for the provincial insurance corporation.
Attorney General David Eby said the measure is meant to curb the dangerous behavior.
"Distracted driving continues to put people in danger and significant pressure on insurance rates for all drivers," he said in a statement. "Taking action to improve safety and penalize dangerous behaviors benefits all British Columbians and is another step in the right direction."
According to the government, more than 25 per cent of all car crash fatalities in B.C. occur due to distracted driving. The behavior kills an average of 78 people each year.
The higher premiums are expected to go into effect for distracted
There is considerable public support for additional government regulation restricting cell phone use while driving.
A July 2009 poll conducted by Ipsos Reid, on behalf of the BCMA, of 800 British Columbian revealed that an overwhelming majority of British Columbians believe that cell phone use by drivers has become a serious road safety issue e and that most would support a co complete ban on cell phone use by drivers.
This issue has also resonated with the public and media. People are fed up with the constant barrage of near misses and swerving drivers who are preoccupied with calls or texting.
Whether a person has the right to use a cell phone is no longer the issue; the issue is that a person does not have the right to risk the safety of others.
This is an opportunity for British Columbia to show clear leadership on this issue, and the BCMA will fully support changes th at help improve the safety on our roadways.Courtesy British Columbia Medical Association
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September 6, 2017
The B.C. government is considering imposing stricter penalties on distracted drivers as collisions across the province continue to surge. B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says the province is keeping a close eye on Ontario, where new penalties have been introduced to reduce collisions — including a $50,000 fine and up to two years jail time aimed at distracted drivers who kill. "Deaths due to distracted driving are now overtaking those from alcohol-related [collisions]," Farnworth told CBC News. "You have to enforce the rules that we've had, hit people in the pocket book, education campaign, and, in the case of distracted driving that causes death or serious bodily harm, look at what Ontario is doing." According to ICBC, one in four deaths on B.C. roads involve distracted driving.read more
September 6, 2017
ICBC, government and police are reminding drivers to "take a break from their phone".
Distracted driving continues to claim more lives on B.C. roads than impaired driving.
Despite tougher penalties, more police enforcement and continued public education, on average, 78 people still don't make it home to their families every year because of distracted and inattentive drivers*. In contrast, an average of 66 people are killed each year due to impaired driving. In fact, distraction and driver inattention is one of the top contributing factors in motor vehicle fatalities in BC and contributes to more than one quarter of all car crash deaths.
In a recent Ipsos Reid study conducted for ICBC, nearly all respondents agreed that it is extremely risky to use their hand-held phone while driving; however, 38 per cent of drivers said that they use their phone during at least 10 per cent of the trips they take.Story From ICBC