Police Ramping Up Campaign Against Distracted Driving in B.C.

Const brian montague

Earlier this week, the fine for distracted driving in Ontario was raised to a minimum of nearly $500 along with three demerit points and today, another report by CBC News is claiming that both RCMP and the police are launching a new campaign against distracted driving this month, throughout B.C. While announcing the new campaign, Vancouver Police Const. Brian Montague highlighted that on average, 88 people die on B.C. roads each year due to distracted driving.

“No text and no email is more important than the lives of yourself, the lives of your family and the lives of others on the road,” said Const. Brian. About one-quarter of all deaths on B.C. roads involve distracted driving — whether that’s due to speaking on a cellphone, programing a GPS, or having a bite to eat.

“Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of deaths on our roads,” Montague said. “It is against the law to use any electronic device while driving unless it is hands-free.”

In B.C., current penalty for using a mobile device while driving is $167 and three demerit points. Furthermore, drivers may also be handed a $368 ticket for driving without due care and attention, or a $109 ticket for having the ability to drive obstructed, Montague added.  

Meanwhile, Staff Sergeant Dale Somerville, program manager of B.C. RCMP Traffic Services, also said that he supports increasing fines in B.C. “Do not sacrifice your safety,” he said. “Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road”.

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  • Zeke

    On Sept 1st my friend got a speeding ticket. He’s going to court.

    He cut out an article from a local,paper whos quoted an officer as saying, I look for people with their eyes or head looking down.

    My friend is taking the ticket and news paper article to court and is going to say, if I look down according to the officer, I get a distracted driving ticket so I kept my eyes on the road instead of looking down at my speedometer. He says he was going with the flow of traffic and took a picture of the officer standing by his car to show it was an unmarked car. I’m not sure what the cop car has to do with anything.

    Hmm. I wonder if he’ll actually win?

  • Bob Langevin

    That’s the defence? Really?

  • Joe

    That’s kind of a fair point. Your eyes can’t be in two places at once, right?

    I have a feeling the judge won’t care though. They always find a reason to side with the cop. When it comes to disputing tickets, you’re pretty much guilty until proven innocent.

  • Steve

    Since he was caught speeding, it has really nothing to do with the distracted driving article. It also doesn’t matter if he was going with the flow of traffic, as they are known to randomly pick people if everyone is speeding (especially if he is in the left / fast lane). The only way he can win is if the cop doesn’t show up, because if the cop does, he’s SOL. lol

  • Ronin

    People glance down at the speedometer, for a sec or less, to check speed. “Eyes looking down” means head and eyes looking down at their lap, where it’s obvious they are looking at their phone and not the speedometer. Taking a pic of the cop and bringing that article is just a stupid defense. He will lose, as he is actually admitting guilt that he was speeding.

  • Mac

    A better defence would be to filibuster the court for the whole day talking about android vs iOS.

    His idea is stupid.