Get Ready For New Ontario Distracted Driving Laws

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Ontario is enforcing new laws as of January 1, 2019. Individuals committed with distracted driving offences will face harsher punishments.

Here is what to expect:

  1. 3 days suspension and a $1,000 fine for your first offence
  2. 7 days suspension and a $2,000 fine for your second offence
  3. 30 days suspension, a $3,000 fine, and 6 demerit points for 3 or more offences

Police will not be able to seize driver’s licences at roadside. They would have to get the approval of a judge in order to be able to suspend any driver’s licences.

What is considered distracted driving?

Distracted driving means using your phone to talk or text, however, the Government categorizes distracted driving offences with a longer list of infractions, which include:

  1. Using your phone to talk, text, check a map or change a playlist
  2. Reading
  3. Typing into a GPS
  4. Holding an electronic device
  5. Eating

How did distracted driving statistics impact these changes?

According to stats on the Government’s website, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000.  A driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver who is focused on the road.  Also, every half hour, one person is injured in a distracted driving collision.

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