A “distracted driving” offence involves a driver using a hand-held electronic device such as a cell-phone, tablet, non-mounted GPS, or other device used to process or compute data.
Driving with your morning coffee is still OK
Despite negative hype from the police force and media outlets – it is still legal in BC to drink coffee, eat a doughnut, adjust the radio, smoke cigarettes, or play music while driving – unless your ability to drive is impaired – meaning a driver meets the legal definition of being “careless or dangerous”.
Fines and Penalties
If you receive a ticket for Distracted Driving in BC, you face a fine of $368 plus 4 points.
For a first offence you have to pay ICBC an additional $175 penalty, bringing the total to $543. For a second Distracted Driving offence in a 12-month period, you will occur an additional $888 penalty. If you have two or more Distracted Driving offences, ICBC considers you to be “High Risk” and you can also face a 3-12 month driving suspension.
Your Best Defence
Your defences for a Distracted Driving charge may not appear obvious and our legal team is here to help you. The consequences for multiple Distracted Driving offences can be severe – especially if your livelihood depends on your ability to drive. If you receive a distracted driving ticket, call us for a free case evaluation.