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26 distracted driving tickets later, Vancouver man loses car and licence

By David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver



After 26 tickets for distracted driving across the Lower Mainland, a Vancouver man lost both his car and his licence this week when he was once again caught using his cellphone on the road.

Police would not name the 59-year-old, but said he had his vehicle impounded for a week after being pulled over Saturday while using his cellphone — when police realized he was breaking his previous two-month driving ban.

“I don't recall, in my experience, seeing or hearing of any driver with this many violation tickets related to one specific offence,” said Sgt. Randy Fincham. “In extreme cases such as this — with over $4,300 in fines — he still refused to modify his driving behaviour.”

He added that distracted driving has become a traffic enforcement priority because of the growing number of collisions and injuries from texting or calling on the road.

“This is dangerous,” Fincham said. “You're putting someone else's safety at risk.”


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