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B.C. takes first step in renewed fight against distracted driving
Last Updated on October 17, 2014
Government of B.C. (VICTORIA, B.C.)
The Province is taking a first step in what will be a two-part approach to protect British Columbians from distracted drivers on roads and highways.
First, effective Oct. 20, 2014, amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) regulations will increase the driver penalty points from zero to three for drivers who are caught 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.