January 22, 2019

Prepare to pay $1000 or more on a distracted driving fine


According to the Ministry of Transportation, more repercussions for distracted driving now make Ontario the province with the toughest penalties for repeat distracted driving offenders.

Ontario’s Transportation minister said the law “allows the province to address unsafe driving behaviours, including careless driving and impaired driving with tough new rules and penalties that will help improve road safety.”

Drivers who are caught talking on their phones, texting, dialing or emailing using a hand-held device, such as a cell phone and other entertainment devices will be fined up to $1,000 with a three-day license suspension and three demerit points.

Those who have been past offenders will have to pay a fine of up to $2,000, receive a seven-day license suspension and six demerit points, while motorists who have been caught driving distracted more than two times will pay a fine of up to $3,000 and lose their license for 30 days.