Vancouver Police Wants Increase in Fines on Distracted Driving

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has said that it is in favour of increased fines for distracted driving after officers handed out 1,600 tickets to drivers caught using devices during March. According to Metro News, Const. Brian Montague said that VPD would like to see fines increased for people caught using their cellphones behind the wheel following a ticketing blitz this month.

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“It’s a lot of tickets obviously,” Montague told the reporters. “That doesn’t include other distractions. Those are tickets just for someone dealing with an electronic device, for the most part a cellphone”. He continued that majority of drivers are still not getting the message and for that reason, the Vancouver police now expects to see the provincial government increase fines soon for the dangerous driving behaviour. 

Earlier this month, Sam McLeod, B.C.’s superintendent of motor vehicles, said the province will announce tougher consequences for distracted driving in early May. It’s unclear if the harsher penalties will include steeper fines or more demerit points. The move comes after a local woman was recently publicly exposed for having 14 distracted driving citations. She has yet to have her licence taken away, although police have requested that her driving history be reviewed for possible suspension.

Currently, tickets for distracted driving in B.C. cost at least $167 and can cost drivers three demerit points.

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  • Scott

    The biggest problem is offenders dispute the ticket in court since they know the police most likely will not show up for the court appearances as they are too busy and the charge is dropped. I was in traffic court a few months ago fighting an unrelated ticket and saw 8 people walk away from distracted driving charges and that was just in my group for that time slot!

  • Hmm, didn’t know so many people where crafty enough to get away with it if luck is on their side.

    We could always go with what I said earlier. Impound the offenders vehicle, a sobering walk or hailing a ride and paying impound fees might wake some up.

  • $

    Off topic but, we should be able to tint our front windows (drivers and passenger’s) to a certain extent such as no less than 30%.

  • Joe

    So you think it should be mandatory for people to think their windows and wouldn’t people be allowed to have less than 30% tint?

  • Joe

    to tint*, why wouldn’t*

  • fatiredflyer

    Seize the DEVICE!
    That’ll learn ’em.