Cellphone and driving earns fines

As part of an ICBC road safety campaign, police have been staked out at Oak Bay intersections

Talking on his cellphone while driving when he wasn’t supposed to be doing either, resulted in a Saanich man’s car being impounded.

After seeing the driver, 39, talking on his cellphone Oak Bay police pulled him over in the early afternoon on April 8 in the 1900-block of Foul Bay Rd. It was then discovered that the motorist did not have a driver’s licence.

His vehicle, a white GMC pickup, was impounded for seven days. The driver was given a promise to appear for driving while prohibited.

As part of an ICBC road safety campaign, police have been staked out at Oak Bay intersections in April watching for drivers using cellphones. Fines of $167 can be issued for using a cellphone for calls, texting or emailing while behind the wheel.

In the same Foul Bay block a motorist was pulled over for failing to yield just before midnight on April 3.

Officers noted the driver smelled of marijuana and when questioned, the driver fessed up that he’d just lit up before being stopped.

The driver, 18, was issued a 24-hour prohibition notice, his drivers licence was seized and his 1998 Mercury Sable was towed.