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2 tickets in 6 minutes cost B.C. distracted driver more than $1,800

A Vancouver motorist is facing more than $1,800 in fines after being pulled over twice within a span of six minutes.
A Vancouver motorist is facing more than $1,800 in fines after being pulled over twice within a span of six minutes. Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press

A Vancouver driver is on the hook for some hefty fines after being ticketed twice in just six minutes for distracted driving.

It happened just before 10 a.m. on Monday while Vancouver police were conducting enhanced enforcement as a part of distracted driving month.

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“Our officers were set up in one area of the city, and about a block past where the initial setup was, we had additional officers set up there,” said Sgt. Jason Robillard.

“The individual was pulled over and issued a violation ticket for using an electronic device while driving… within six minutes, that same driver was pulled over by a separate officer about a block away and was issued the same ticket.”

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Courtesy: Vancouver police
Courtesy: Vancouver police.

Photos of the tickets released by Vancouver police indicate the driver of a Honda Civic was issued the first ticket at 9:49 a.m. at 900 Seymour St. then issued the second ticket at 9:55 a.m. at about 800 Seymour St.

In each case, the driver was handed a $368 ticket for use of an electronic device. But that isn’t the final price tag they’ll face.

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Under B.C.’s enhanced distracted driving penalty program, they’re also on the hook for a $444 Driver Risk Premium — awarded for two electronic device infractions within three years.

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Each of those infractions is also worth four Driver Penalty Points; eight points assigned within a 12-month period are worth another Penalty Point Premium of $624.

In total, that leaves the driver owing $1,804, assuming they did not have any previous recent penalty points or distracted driving infractions on their record.

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“If you know somebody, urge them to leave the phone alone while driving,” said Robillard.

“It’s just not worth it.”