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Nova Scotia to up fines for cellphone use while driving
Nova Scotia to up fines for cellphone use while driving

Nova Scotia to up fines for cellphone use while driving

Nova Scotia is getting tougher on people who use cellphones while driving.

Beginning Feb. 1, fines for using hand-held devices while driving, including use of a cellphone for texting, will increase and demerit points will be added, the province said in a news release Wednesday.

Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan said in the release there’s no phone call or text that is worth a life. He’s asking all Nova Scotian drivers to pay attention to the road.

Fines now range from $176.45 for a first offence to $348.95 for a third or subsequent offence. As of Feb. 1, the fines will increase to $233.95 for a first offence and to $578.95 for a third or subsequent offence.

Four demerit points will be added upon conviction, which would mean a six-month suspension for someone with a learner’s licence. Experienced drivers with a clean record would receive a six-month suspension for 10 points, the release said.

There are exemptions for using a cellphone to report an emergency.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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