It’s going to cost repeat “distracted drivers” a lot more to continue their high risk behaviour.

BC’s Attorney General David Eby says there are about 12,000 motorists in the province that have multiple distracted driving offences over a 3-year period.

He says distracted driving will be designated as “high-risk driving behaviour” under the ICBC Driver Risk Premium Program.

“What this means, in practice, is that someone who has 2 or more distracted driving tickets in a 3-year period, they’ll see their total financial penalties rise to as much as $2,000, which is an increase of $740 over the existing penalties. That will be in addition to their regular insurance premium.”

When fully implemented, the changes will result in $3 million to $5 million for ICBC.