According to a report from CBC News, drivers in British Columbia are seeing tougher distracted driving laws that give police the ability to ticket even if they see a driver touching or looking down at their phone.
Masoud Jahani was shocked when he got a ticket for simply plugging in his phone to charge while stopped at a red light. Jahani ended up spending $700 to appeal his ticket, however, he lost due to the strict distracted driving laws in the province. In a statement, he said:
“How does this stop distracted driving? I’m exhausted. I’m not sure I’ll take it further now.”
The penalty for distracted driving in the province has increased in 2016 from $167 to $286 and four demerit points.
Police have said that catching distracted drivers is actually really easy because they are distracted. Officers are starting to pose as construction workers and window washers to get a good look at the driver. After several months of doing this, the RCMP said that the operations were successful.
Police departments across Canada are urging drivers to put down their devices when they are driving and keep their eyes and focus on the road.