With the widespread use of cell phones, distracted driving has become an increasingly problematic issue. Because of the risks associated with cell phone use while driving, the practice was made illegal in 2010. Still, the problem continues.
Some British Columbia residents are concerned that there is a huge disparity in penalties for distracted and impaired driving. While the province has the harshest penalties in Canada for individuals convicted of drunk driving, those found talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are assessed a meager $167 ticket in spite of statistics suggesting that distracted driving is surpassing impaired driving as a leading cause of death for B.C. motorists.