Distracted driving is a leading cause of collision fatalities in B.C. In 2010, new legislation came into effect banning the use of personal electronic devices while driving.
Distracted driving is preventable. Make sure to:
- leave your phone alone and minimize potential distractions before you head out on the road.
- plan your route and secure your pets.
- keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.
Under the Motor Vehicle Act, drivers cannot:
- send or read text messages or e-mails
- make or receive calls unless using hands-free device
- hold or operate any electronic device
- operate hand-held OR hands-free cellphones if a learner or novice driver (in GLP)
What is an "electronic device" ?
- cell phones, Blackberry, and other hand-held devices that have telephone capabilities and on which you can send text messages or emails
- Ipods and other music players
- GPS systems
- hand microphones
- other handheld electronic devices
New distracted driving penalties were introduced as of June 1, 2016 with increased fines, penalty points and possible driving prohibitions for repeat offenders.
- The base fine has increased to $368 (from $167)
- The penalty points per infraction is four (increased from 3)
- Financial penalties increase significantly for repeat offenders.
Learn more about the rules and penalties for distracted driving.
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