June 1: Increased Penalties for Distracted Driving to Take Effect
As part of the province’s push to eliminate distracted driving, a leading factor in deaths on BC roads, distracted driving is being elevated to the threshold for “high-risk” driving offences. In addition, effective June 1, 2016, distracted drivers will be subject to the following:
- Each offence will include the base fine of $368—up from $167—and will add four penalty points to a person’s driving record
- First-time offenders will face a minimum $543 in financial penalties
- Repeat offenders, upon a second offence within 12 months, will pay the $368 fine plus $520, for a total of $888 in financial penalties, which increase further for any additional offence.