Huntington and radio operators meet with ministers to discuss distracted driving law
Independent MLA Vicki Huntington and representatives from both Delta Amateur Radio Society and Radio Amateurs of Canada met with government ministers in Victoria last week to discuss changes to B.C.’s distracted driving law.
Amateur radio operators outlined their concerns with the current law to B.C. Solicitor General Mike Morris, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto and Superintendent of Motor Vehicles Sam MacLeod. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the need for clarity in how distracted driving legislation applies to amateur radio operators.
Government representatives agreed to review suggested changes to the law in consultation with the amateur radio community.
“Delta’s amateur radio operators provide critical emergency services to our community and I am pleased the government has agreed to take their suggestions seriously,” Huntington said.
Amateur radio operators are highly skilled volunteers who provide critical assistance and communications to first-responders in emergency situations. Delta ARS provides training and support to more than 70 members in Delta who are certified by Industry Canada. The group meets weekly and has provided emergency assistance services and support for public events in the community for over 20 years.