High Risk Driving
In BC, cell phone-related tickets are considered "high-risk" driving offences, along with excessive speeding, driving without due care and attention, and driving without reasonable consideration.
All high-risk driving behavior comes with very steep consequences. For example, the minimum penalty for using an electronic device while driving is a $368 fine and 4 points against your driving record. Most tickets for driving without due care and attention and driving without reasonable consideration also carry a fine of $368, along with 6 points against your driving record.
If you commit two or more high-risk driving offence within one-year, and these offences are added to your driving record, you will be considered a high-risk driver by RoadSafetyBC. This will result in early intervention, which means you will likely be prohibited from driving by RoadSafetyBC by way of a Notice of Intent to Prohibit or a Notice of Prohibition. Your driving record will subsequently be reviewed every 12 months, which may result in further prohibitions. If you are in the Graduated Licencing Program ("N" or "L" driver), committing a single high-risk driving offence will likely trigger these same consequences.
Additionally, you may be charged a Driver Risk Premium (DRP), which means you will have to pay extra money on top of your insurance premium. The rate of the DRP increases with each conviction.
Our lawyers have extensive experience defending high-risk driving tickets. Call us today to discuss how we dispute your ticket on your behalf.
Please note you only have 30 days from the date you received your ticket to dispute a ticket. Do not wait to call our lawyers to discuss your case.