ICBC to cut distracted drivers loose

Published: April 30, 2018

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



The government of British Columbia says it is pushing the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) towards pushing costs onto distracted drivers.

B.C. attorney general David Eby says distracted drivers are playing a significant role in the struggles of the ICBC and affected drivers should have some of their auto insurance voided if they have a collision due to their distraction. Essentially, Eby wants the distracted drivers would have to pay their own medical costs, auto repairs, and settlements. All these would normally be handled by an insurance company.

Such a move would tackle problems with distracted driving and could even result in numbers of distracted driving incidents falling. Additionally, the law could also help to alleviate the financial problems of the ICBC. Eby referenced statistics that show distracted driving numbers are as bad as drunk driving.