06/16/2015 01:20 EDT | Updated 06/16/2016 05:59 EDT

Distracted driving penalties to be reviewed in B.C.

B.C.'s Attorney General Suzanne Anton has launched a four-week public consultation into whether the penalties given for distracted driving should be raised.

Announcing the consultation Tuesday, Anton said that in 2014, police in B.C. wrote more than 50,000 tickets to drivers who were using cell phones while behind the wheel.

"The problem is not going away," she said, noting that the government is aiming for B.C. to have the safest roads in North America by 2020.

The public can voice their opinions at a newly-created website,