Re­peat bad driv­ers will face longer pro­hi­bi­tions in B.C.

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

Rac­ers who won’t take their cars to the track can ex­pect to walk or use pub­lic tran­sit. Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter

Mike Farn­worth

VIC­TO­RIA — Street rac­ers and stunt driv­ers in Bri­tish Columbia could lose their ve­hi­cles for up to 36 months as part of new penal­ties the prov­ince is im­pos­ing on bad driv­ers. The Min­istry of Pub­lic Safety says start­ing Dec. 1 pro­hi­bi­tions rang­ing from three to 36 months will re­place ex­ist­ing 15-day penal­ties for those driv­ers and other re­peat of­fend­ers.

The min­istry says the same penal­ties could also be ap­plied to a broader range of of­fences, in­clud­ing ex­ces­sive speed­ing, driv­ing without due care and at­ten­tion and other high-risk be­hav­iours.

Road­Safe­tyBC, the lead pro­vin­cial agency re­spon­si­ble for road safety in the prov­ince, will set the length of each pro­hi­bi­tion on a case-by-case ba­sis, re­ly­ing on the driver’s record and de­tails pro­vided by police.

Of­fi­cers will still be able to im­me­di­ately im­pound ve­hi­cles for a min­i­mum of seven days if driv­ers are caught rac­ing or stunt driv­ing, the min­istry says in a news re­lease.

Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Mike Farn­worth says driv­ers pos­ing the great­est risk to peo­ples’ lives are of­ten caught re­peat­edly, sug­gest­ing they are not tak­ing con­se­quences se­ri­ously.

“We’re go­ing to be scru­ti­niz­ing their driv­ing more closely and mak­ing sure the penalty fits,” Farn­worth says in the re­lease.

“Rac­ers who won’t take their cars to the track can ex­pect to walk or use pub­lic tran­sit.”

— The Cana­dian Press

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