A short video from the Vancouver Police department is a good reminder to stay clear of distractions and slow down when behind the wheel of a car.
On Wednesday morning, police shared dashcam footage of an incident they said took place last month (although they don’t reveal exactly when).
Police said the video shows a distracted driver losing control and veering off the road, before hitting another vehicle.
To make matters worse, the vehicle the driver hits is a police vehicle, which is in the middle of a traffic stop for distracted driving.
Police tweeted it was a VPD Constable who was behind the wheel of the police vehicle when the incident took place.
#VPD is dedicated to increasing #roadsafety with targeted enforcement of unsafe driving behavior. A Vancouver Police Constable was struck by a distractive driver last month while working on a #DistractiveDriving Campaign. Please drive with care and keep your eyes on the road. pic.twitter.com/abpb6Zowmy
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) October 2, 2019
The fines for using an electronic device start at $368, and the costs increase with subsequent tickets.
In 2018, ICBC, the provincial government, and police announced increased enforcement for distracted driving.
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The new rules meant that convictions for distracted driving are now be included in ICBC’s Driver Risk Premium (DRP) program – a premium that a driver pays if they have a driving-related criminal conviction, motor vehicle act convictions, speeding convictions, roadside suspensions, and now use of an electronic device.
This means that motorists with multiple convictions for use of electronic devices while driving will face even higher premiums on top of their insurance.
In addition, drivers could see themselves paying as much as $2,000 in fines – an increase of $740 over previous penalties.