Stiffer Distracted Driving Penalties On The Way
Behind the wheel? You might want to think twice about picking up that smart phone.
Provincial politicians passed legislation Tuesday that increases fines and penalties for drivers who text, email or use a handheld phone spike significantly.
Under the new legislation, fines will jump to a maximum of $1,000 and three demerit points. Currenty, fines range from just $60 to $500.
Using handheld electronic devices while driving has been outlawed in the Province since 2009, with the exception of emergency calls to 9-1-1.
Siting a number of recent studies on distracted, Ontario’s Government says distracted drivers are four times more likely to be in a crash.