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’72-year-old cellphone fanatic’ has B.C. driver’s licence suspended for distracted driving

A B.C. senior has lost his driving privileges after being busted for allegedly driving while using a cell phone three times.
A B.C. senior has lost his driving privileges after being busted for allegedly driving while using a cell phone three times. Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press

A senior has been ordered to stay off the road for four months after Saanich police allege the 72-year old accumulated too many distracted driving tickets.

In a July 31 tweet, the Saanich PD Traffic unit wrote, “Just served a 72-year-old driver a four-month driving prohibition as they had too many use electronic device while driving tickets.”

Saanich Police claim the man had amassed a growing list of distracted driving infractions.

“The male driver had accumulated 15 points on his driver’s licence over the last couple of years,” Sgt. Julie Fast told Global News.

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Fast says 12 of those points were “cell phone related,” which prompted a prohibition from the Motor Vehicle Branch.

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A Saanich Police traffic officer ended up serving that four-month driving ban on the senior when the unit caught up with him last month.

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Under the Motor Vehicle Act section that deals with the use of electronic devices while driving, the fine for a single distracted driving violation ticket is $368, along with four penalty points that will be applied to a driver’s record.

Motorists who get two or more distracted driving convictions in a three-year period are also subject to a Driver Risk Premium (DRP), which is billed annually — and separate from insurance premiums.

The DRP increases for each additional conviction.

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Drivers with two or more convictions for using electronic devices while driving over a three-year period could pay as much as $2,000 in penalties in addition to their vehicle insurance premium.

An Aug. 1 tweet from Saanich PD Traffic refers to the alleged repeat distracted driver as a “72 yr old cell phone fanatic” and states the Traffic Safety Unit just wants everyone to be safe “and enjoy the beautiful weather responsibly.”

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