Cell Phone Usage Laws While Driving

Serving Greater Vancouver and Nearby Areas of British Columbia

Talking for texting on a cell phone while driving will distract a driver of a vehicle no matter how much experience the driver has. To keep our Surrey, British Columbia streets safe and to avoid causing auto accidents, using a hand-held cell phone to talk and text while driving is illegal throughout British Columbia. Using a hands-free cell phone is permitted, however.

The cell phone law in British Columbia came into effect on January 1, 2010, with a warning period that lasted the entire month of January. During the first two months of enforcing the ban on cell phone use while driving, authorities issued approximately 715 tickets. A driver who is caught using a cell phone without a hands-free device or who is texting while driving will be issued a $167 ticket and up to three penalty points.

Though using a hands-free device is permitted in British Columbia, dialing a cell phone is very distracting and causes a driver to look away from the road for several moments. A cell phone that allows for voice dialing is much safer and will reduce or eliminate the risk of an auto accident in Surrey.

Unfortunately, many people in Surrey ignore this new law banning cell phone use while driving. Using a hand-held cell phone while driving has the potential to cause a serious auto accident. The Surrey auto accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman will help you with your case if you have been the victim in an auto accident caused by a driver who was distracted while using a cell phone.

Please contact Stephens & Holman today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss the details of your auto accident case. We serve clients in Surrey and all of British Columbia.