Repeat bad drivers can now face longer prohibitions in B.C. starting Dec. 1

Bad drivers to be penalized more in B.C.
Starting tomorrow, bad drivers in B.C. will soon be without their wheels for much longer than before, under new rules for dangerous driving. Jill Bennett has the details.

Street racers and stunt drivers in British Columbia could lose their vehicles for up to 36 months as part of new penalties the province is imposing on bad drivers.

The Ministry of Public Safety says starting Dec. 1 prohibitions ranging from three to 36 months will replace existing 15-day penalties for those drivers and other repeat offenders.

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The ministry says the same penalties could also be applied to a broader range of offences, including excessive speeding, driving without due care and attention and other high-risk behaviours.

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RoadSafetyBC, the lead provincial agency responsible for road safety in the province, will set the length of each prohibition on a case-by-case basis, relying on the driver’s record and details provided by police.

Officers will still be able to immediately impound vehicles for a minimum of seven days if drivers are caught racing or stunt driving, the ministry says in a news release.

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Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says drivers posing the greatest risk to peoples’ lives are often caught repeatedly, suggesting they are not taking consequences seriously.

“We’re going to be scrutinizing their driving more closely and making sure the penalty fits. Racers who won’t take their cars to the track can expect to walk or use public transit,” said Farnworth.