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Distracted driving fines may increase to reduce car accidents

With the rise of mobile phones, distracted driving is becoming an increasingly serious risk to people on the roads. British Columbia lawmakers are considering additional ways to discourage this behaviour in order to prevent car accidents in the province. One method to curb this behaviour, according to the provincial government, is to designate distracted driving "high risk" and increase fines for those caught.

Fines for distracted driving have already seen recent increases in British Columbia. Currently, two tickets in one year costs a person around $1,256. Under an additional proposed increase, this would be raised an additional $740 for two tickets within a three year span. These fines, which would total up to $2,000, would be additional to any premium increases from the ICBC.

Statistics show that distracted driving is involved in 25 percent of all fatalities resulting from car accidents in British Columbia. Approximately 12,000 drivers in the province have multiple distracted driving tickets obtained in a three year period. Police hope more extreme fines will stop frequent offenders from using their phones while behind the wheel. The government adds that it would add $3 to $5 million in additional premiums if distracted driving were to be classified as "high risk."

While impaired driving is often noted as a cause of British Columbia car accidents, distracted driving can be just as dangerous. Accidents resulting in death or injury can have a serious emotional and financial impact on families, so it is important to drive safely and without distractions. Those who have been in distracted driving accident or have a loved one who has been killed should contact a personal injury lawyer.

Source: globalnews.ca, "B.C. moves to designate distracted driving "high-risk" under ICBC", Estefania Duran, Nov. 6, 2017

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