According to a report by CBC News, a 72-year-old man from Delta was stopped by Saanich police and handed over a four-month driving prohibition for having ‘too many’ distracted driving tickets. “When we stopped and talked to the driver it turned out that on his record there was a notice to serve a driving prohibition,” said Sgt. Julie Fast.
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Fast told the publication that the driver acknowledged he had received the notice due to repeated tickets for use of an electronic device while driving. A distracted driving fine currently costs $368 plus four points on the person’s driving licence. The Police revealed that the Delta senior had four distracted driving tickets.
“There’s no shortage of drivers being stopped and issued tickets like this,” Fast said while adding that despite several awareness campaigns, people continue to use their devices while driving:
When asked if his age was a surprise to officers, Fast said the problem is seen across the board.
“Sometimes you may want to think that is just the young that are doing this and they haven’t, they’re just attached to their phones more than older people. Yet, I think it’s across the board with age on this.”
If he were caught driving while being prohibited, Fast says his car would be impounded and would be issued further prohibitions.
The Police gave the man a temporary licence that expired at midnight the same day to allow him enough time to get home and park his car.