On October 21st, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued a news release to update Vancouverites on the status of distracted and impaired driving in BC. With the toughest impaired and excessive speed laws in the country designed to help save lives, over 21,000 sanctions were issued between February 1st and October 20th.
Clearly, law enforcement agencies are doing their part to keep our roads safe. Sadly, the same obviously cannot be said for BC drivers. Tough laws and penalties are the main defence system available to enforcement agencies. It is ultimately up to the public to recognize the serious danger they pose to themselves and others when choosing to drive distracted, impaired or at excessive speeds.
There is no shortage of news stories chronicling the devastation left in the path of those who choose to drive carelessly. As a good friend of mine recently told me, once you get your licence you have earned the right to drive; however, it is also a responsibility.
GlobalBC October 22, 2010 Almost 20,000 charged under new distracted driving law “Someone in British Columbia is fined, on average, once every 15 minutes for driving while talking on the phone, while texting or while using some other kind of hand-held electronic device…”
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General October 21, 2010 OVER 21,000 SANCTIONS ISSUED UNDER NEW SAFE DRIVING LAWS, VANCOUVER, BC “While these tallies are alarming, I commend law enforcement officers for their efforts,” said de Jong. “The desired goal is to negate the need to issue these penalties as our aim is to change dangerous and preventable driving behaviour, but that depends on British Columbians making small personal choices that could mean the difference between life and death or serious injury.”
Vancouver Sun October 21, 2010 Close to 20,000 charged during first six months of B.C.’s new distracted driving law ”The province of Ontario introduced a similar law Feb. 1, and officials there said Thursday they laid 28,194 charges in the first seven months since that law took effect. On a per-capita basis, that means B.C. is laying more than twice as many charges than Ontario.”