November 6, 2017 3:06 pm
Updated: November 7, 2017 1:22 am

B.C. moves to designate distracted driving ‘high-risk’ under ICBC

WATCH: The provincial government says drivers are not getting the message about distracted driving and increasing the penalties. Ted Chernecki tells us how high they’ll be.


If B.C. distracted drivers didn’t get the message the first time, there’s a chance they could get it now.

Currently, two distracted driving tickets in one year cost approximately $1,256, but the provincial government is making a move to add $740 to the existing penalty.

LISTEN: Simi Sara discusses B.C.’s proposed distracted driving changes

This means any driver with two distracted driving tickers over a three-year period will see the total penalty go up to as much as $2,000.

READ MORE: Vancouver Police issue almost 2K distracted driving tickets in Sept.

That would be in addition to a drivers’ regular insurance premium.

“Distracted driving continues to put people in danger and significant pressure on insurance rates for all drivers,” said Attorney General David Eby in a release. “Today, we are taking action to curb the behaviour and improve safety for all B.C. road users.”

WATCH: Shocking stories of distracted driving

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He said treating distracted driving on par to impaired driving and excessive speeding will help improve safety.

The government says once implemented, the changes will add about $3 to $5-million in additional premiums each year.

READ MORE: NDP asks ICBC to look at high-tech solutions to distracted driving

Currently, about 12,000 drivers in B.C. have multiple distracted driving offences racked up in a three-year time frame.

Distracted driving is a factor in more than 25 per cent of all car crash fatalities in the province and kills about 78 people each year.

WATCH: Vancouver police slap two distracted driving tickets to one driver within minutes

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