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Driver fined for distracted driving twice in eight minutes, and six blocks

Stephanie Ip, Postmedia Network

An out-of-town driver was pulled over and fined twice for distracted driving within the span of eight minutes and six blocks on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

An out-of-town driver was pulled over and fined twice for distracted driving within the span of eight minutes and six blocks on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

An out-of-town visitor was pulled over and issued two separate tickets for distracted driving this week — in the span of eight minutes, and just six blocks.

A Vancouver Police Department traffic officer on a motorcycle spotted the driver first, in the area of Granville Street and West Broadway around 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, allegedly using an electronic device, said Sgt. Jason Robillard.

"The driver was pulled over, issued a violation ticket, and provided with education on the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel," said Robillard in an email. The fine issued was $368.

The driver, who was visiting Canada in a rented Hyundai Accent, was on his way to the Vancouver International Airport. The officer shared directions to the airport before sending the driver on his way.

Just six blocks and about eight minutes later, the same driver was caught using an electronic device again — this time, while driving through a distracted driving checkpoint set up by police on Granville near West 16th.

"The officers at West 16th were not aware of the driver's previous violation ticket when they pulled him over," said Robillard. "The driver was issued a second ticket for the same offence and he went on his way."

In total, the driver, whose name was not released, was fined $736. If the driver chooses not to pay the fine, it would be up to the ICBC or the province to determine the next steps.

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