Annoying Little Factoid from ICBC:
What’s the fine for driving while using a cell phone or other portable electronic devices?
The fine is $368 and four penalty points will be added to your driving record if you’re caught texting, emailing or holding a cellphone or other hand-held electronic device while driving.
In some cases, offences involving penalty points can lead to a driving prohibition.
GLP learner or novice drivers will also have their driving record reviewed after their first offence with a possible prohibition of up to six months. (A driver prohibited in the novice stage of GLP must restart the 24-month novice period after getting their licence back.)
Also, a driver who endangers others because of any distraction, including using a hand-held or hands-free device, could be charged with careless driving, or even dangerous driving under the Criminal Code. Both charges carry heavy fines and penalties.
Read this FAQ (and others) on their website.
Elaboration from the BC Government
Effective June 1, 2016, the fine for a distracted driving violation ticket has more than doubled, from $167 to $368. The number of associated penalty points applied to a driver’s record has also increase from 3 to 4 points.
On a first infraction, this will also result in a driver paying a further $175 ICBC Driver Penalty Point premium, for a total of $543 for a first infraction. For a second infraction within a one-year period, not only does the driver have to pay another $368, but the ICBC Driver Penalty Point premium will increase to $520.
Additional infractions will result in a further escalation of ICBC Driver Penalty Point premiums.
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