Canadian Road Safety News Digest

87 people lost a vehicle for a week because of cellphone tickets last year

February 28, 2019   |   Categories: Canadian Road Safety News Digest, News

SGI (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN)

“Confessions of a Reformed Distracted Driver” is part of the March Traffic Safety Spotlight

Losing your vehicle for a week for something as trivial as being unable to leave your phone alone sounds pretty terrible, right?

Under The Traffic Safety Act, receiving a second $280 cellphone ticket within a year triggers an immediate roadside vehicle impoundment. That means the vehicle is towed from roadside and impounded for seven days, while the owner is stuck with the bill for towing and storage (usually at least $400). It also results in four demerits under SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition program.

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