NEWS - Penalty Points for Distracted Driving Behaviours
I'm sure that you have heard by now that the BC government has announced penalty points to go with a violation ticket for talking on a handheld device while driving. This new penalty, which also covers infractions like watching a DVD, programming a phone’s GPS, and operating hand-held audio players, is being combined with the $167 fine already in place and is now consistent with the three points and $167 fine currently given to drivers for texting.
Do you think it will make a difference? Perhaps we can compare it with speeding. We started with a fine and points, added an escalating fine scale and then started to take away vehicles for a period of time if the speed reached 40+ km/h over the limit. Look around yourself the next time you go for a drive. Drivers who refuse to follow the speed limit are still a common as ever. I suspect that this change is not going to make a large difference in the prevalence of distracted driving behaviours.
I suspect that drivers have decided that there is little risk in disobeying. The chances of getting caught on an average day are low and so far, no collision has resulted. Don't let this become your default setting!