A crackdown on bad drivers could add to City of Terrace budget

NEXT time you are out and about, pay close attention to what the drivers in the other vehicles are doing.

Chances are you are going to see drivers speaking on cellphones and texting – some even doing so while turning corners and changing lanes, seemingly oblivious to the world around them.

It’s a dangerous habit with recent statistics indicating just under 90 people are killed each year from distracted driving not to mention rising insurance claims from rear-end collisions and the like.

In addition to the standard fine of $167, the provincial government this fall announced drivers caught while using cellphones will also end up with three demerit points.

Fines and demerit points are only effective as deterrents when there is vigorous enforcement on hand as a follow through and with police forces increasingly occupied as front line social workers dealing with the various outcomes of alcohol abuse and mental illness it’s difficult to find sufficient police time for a concerted distracted driving campaign.

But if there is an incentive to save lives by cracking down on distracted driving there’s also a financial incentive because the province returns a portion of traffic fines to municipalities.

In Terrace, that amounted to just under $100,000 last year. Boosting that total by more fines would provide even a modest benefit to the city budget.

Editorial, The Terrace Standard, Dec. 10, 2014

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Terrace RCMP respond to firearms call on South Side

One person arrested without incident

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine office in Terrace is now open to the public

The office has been closed since March 17 due to COVID-19

New technology is helping battle avalanches near Stewart

The automated avalanche detection system just finished a successful first season

BC Hydro studying new power connection in northwest B.C.

Would supply hydro-electric power to planned LNG plant at Kitimat

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Facing changes together: your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

B.C.’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics goes virtual

The annual event partnering RCMP with Special Olympians is dramatically altered by COVID-19

Bateman program encourages people to sketch outside, connect with nature

#MyNatureSketch initiative encourages Canadians to become ‘bright-eyed three year olds’

Be cautious expanding COVID-19 bubble, Dr. Bonnie Henry tells B.C.

Senior homes stay off-limits as schools, businesses reopen

Most Read