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New penalties should help reduce cell phone use:WKTS

A thumbs-up from West Kootenay Traffic Services on new BC penalties for distracted driving starting next week.

On top of the $167 fine for talking on a hand held phone, or using a GPS or video twill driving there will now be a three point penalty on a driver’s record.

If that exceeds 3 points in a year they’ll face higher insurance premiums.

Sgt John Ferguson says cell phone use has become a major safety issue.


There are already licence points penalties if you’re caught texting.

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