Castlegar driver faces fine for checking smart watch while driving

Police on patrol for distracted drivers this month

A Castlegar driver has been hit with a hefty fine for checking her smart watch while driving.

On Monday, an officer with the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit nabbed a driver for using an electronic device while driving on Columbia Avenue in the city.

“What initially grabbed the officer’s attention was the driver focussing intently on her watch,” says Sgt. Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic Services. “He then watched her start to tap and swipe the watch.”

The woman was pulled over and the officer determined the driver was using a smart watch.

A clear case of using an electronic device while driving, she faces a fine of at least $368.

“It’s almost worse than using a conventional cell phone,” says Badry. “Trying to steer and read messages on a smart watch is just not smart.”

“Aside from the potential penalty if caught, the consequences could be devastating for all involved as we saw exemplified in the Quebec court decision yesterday,” says Badry.

There, Martin Carrières, 39, was sentenced to four years in prison for texting while driving, causing an accident that killed a driver and injured two teens.

March is distracted driving/occupant restraint month for all police in BC.

Just Posted

Update: Car located in Pend d’Oreille River, teenagers remain missing

A fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale to help support the family

Spring has sprung in the Kootenays

Showers and temperatures near the seasonal norm of 10 C are expected by Sunday

Two missing in Pend d’Oreille crash

A 15-year-old male and 18-year-old female both from Fruitvale are missing and presumed deceased

Castlegar collision sends one to hospital

Accident slowed traffic on Columbia during cleanup

Judge: Nelson not liable for snowbank injury

A woman sued the city after injuring herself in 2015

B.C. resident baffled about welcome mat theft

Security footage shows a woman and her dog taking the mat from the property on March 13

Father thanks B.C. Mountie for shooting hoops with kids, ‘changing perspectives’

‘We’re just like everyone else,’ says Surrey officer who stopped to play basketball with kids

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Trans Mountain court hearing: B.C. says it won’t reject pipelines without cause

Canada says the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

B.C. father fights for his life after flu turns into paralyzing condition

Reisig has lost all motor skills with the exception of slight head, shoulder and face movements.

B.C. wildfire prevention budget bulked up as dry spring unfolds

Night vision goggles tested for early detection effort

Vernon ordered to reinstate terminated firefighters caught having sex at work

City believes arbitration board erred, exploring options

Dozens of B.C. temperature records smashed as spring brings early warmth

Squamish Airport was the hottest spot in all of Canada on Monday

Most Read