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British Columbia’s Attorney General Says Distracted Driving Could Soon Cost You Your Keys

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According to a new report from Global News, British Columbia’s attorney general hinted that distracted driving could soon cost drivers their privileges behind the wheel.

On Friday attorney general David Eby was asked whether the province would consider implementing immediate roadside prohibitions for distracted drivers. Eby said:

“Absolutely.

We’re escalating the penalties and consequences of distracted driving to try and to try to get the message through to this hardcore group that just will not put their phones down. Because the same thing happened with seatbelts, and with drinking and driving, and whatever it’s going to take to get there.”

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said that the current penalties that exist don’t seem to be deterring distracted drivers. Farnworth did not mention anything about the potential for roadside prohibitions for distracted drivers.

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  • Mamba

    Does anyone have, or know, links showing stats of distracted driving in BC? And can anyone please elaborate what would be considered/count as distracted driving? Would talking to a passenger violate this legislation?

  • Jason Chu

    I’m one to agree to this post. What about changing radio station or grabbing a sip from a drink? I think that distracted driving should have a subcategory of just electronic device distraction.

    I can grab a sip of my drink while waiting for a light to change but I can’t look at my phone for a text message.

  • Got Game? Get Game! ???

    Whinny kids in the backseat would put anyone on in the ditch and apparently behind bars!

  • My 1/2 cents

    Yet no such consequence and lack of enforcement for aggressive and dangerous driving. This anti-phone use is nothing short of a big joke and an easy money grab for the government.

  • My 1/2 cents

    The insurance corporation of bc was caught exaggerating distracted cell phone driving stats. It’s about as accurate as the amount of foreign home ownership in bc.

  • My 1/2 cents

    Nah. That would violate one’s human rights. Lol. Accusing someone of cell phone distracted driving is much easier than doing so for other types of distracted driving. In the end, it’s not about public safety. Rather a quick cash grab.

  • Sam

    The sooner the less likely of someone dying when it is not their turn.

  • Sam

    Do an internet search for: bc distracted driving stats

  • I just want the airbag to be replaced with a air powered boxing glove.
    Whether you’re distracted or not, it detects if you cut off a pedestrian at a crosswalk or other drivers, it fires out and punches you right in the face.

    Can’t be mad, as your own actions trigger it lol. Safety, and it’ll provide smiles for all those watching lol.

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