Apparently one ticket was not enough for a motorist in West Vancouver to get the message about distracted driving.
Maybe the second one helped drive the point home.
On Wednesday, West Vancouver Police tweeted that they had just issued two separate distracted driving tickets to the same driver, in the same area, within 13 minutes of each other.
The ticketing took place as the man was driving from Taylor Way onto the Lions Gate Bridge via Marine Drive.
However, despite the disregard for public safety, police said that in this case, “only the wallet was hurt.”
#wvpdtraffic members just issued the same driver two distracted driving/cell phone vt’s within 13 minutes of each other as the male drove along Marine Dr from Taylor Way onto Lions Gate bridge. Fortunately only the wallet was hurt, so please #leavethatphonealone
— West Vancouver PD (@WestVanPolice) March 8, 2018
While police have increased their enforcement of distracted driving during the month of March, it seems this driver isn’t the only one not getting the message.
On Tuesday, North Vancouver RCMP reported that they had issued 74 distracted driving tickets in a two hour time-span.
The use of personal electronic devices while driving has been banned in BC since January 1, 2010.
The fine for a single distracted driving violation ticket is $368, along with 4 penalty points that will be applied against a driver’s record.
These points will also result in a driver paying a further $175 ICBC Driver Penalty Point premium, for a total of $543 for a first infraction.