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Ontario : texting while driving could lead to $1000 fine, 3 demerits
Ontario : texting while driving could lead to $1000 fine, 3 demerits

Ontario : texting while driving could lead to $1000 fine, 3 demerits

It looks like the province is set to introduce tougher penalties for distracted driving, when the legislature resumes this Fall.

Last month, premier Kathleen Wynne talked about the problem of distracted driving in Ontario. Though the use of handheld devices was banned in April 2009, Wynne revealed that 36 percent of Ontario students in grades 10 to 12 have texted while driving in the previous 12 months.

Up until now, those caught have been faced with fines of less than $500. Now, a new law coming into effect this fall will see offenders slapped with a $1000 fine as well as three demerit points. According to the Toronto Star, these new penalties will make Ontario’s the most stringent in Canada are set to be introduced after legislature resumes on October 20. Speaking about the new legislation earlier this month, Kathleen Wynne express concerned about young offenders in particular.

“It’s very worrisome to me because when young people start to have a habit of driving and texting, that’s harder to break… These machines are so ubiquitous in their lives that they just have them with them all the time, and so we need to break that cycle,” she said.

The Star reports that distracted driving contributed to the deaths of 78 people last year, a figure that looms over the 57 for impaired driving and the 44 killed in accidents related to speeding. The OPP reportedly issues 19,000 distracted-driving charges last year, 3,000 more than in 2012.


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    1. I’ve placed a dashcam in my jeep (on the roll bar near the dome light which is outside of my reach and behind me) in order to protect my assets in the event that some distracted driver hits my vehicle or in if I witness one of the many distracted drivers on the road. I plan on submitting that info to my local police.

      If the law enforcement don’t do there job from the evidence I’ve provided them and someone/or myself gets killed/hurt as a result of there inaction, I know a lawyer to call… As far as I’m concerned, they would be equally accountable as the distracted driver.

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