Ontario plan: $1,000 plus points

Transportation minister Glen Murray of Ontario

The Ontario government followed through with plans to crack down on distracted drivers, proposing maximum fines of $1,000 and three points vs. offenders' licenses. Transportation Minister Glen Murray, left, introduced the "Keeping Ontario's Roads Safe Act" on March 17. The increased penalties for handheld cell phone use and texting had been sought by safety advocates and law enforcement: "Everyone's been saying you've got to put (distracted driving) in the same range as drinking and driving," the minister said. The distracted driving changes were anticipated, and followed action by the … [Read more...]

Manitoba: Distracted driving news


Winnipeg's police chief is calling for stricter distracted driving punishments in the wake of a November crackdown that yielded 50 citations a day. Chief Devon Clunis told the Winnipeg Sun those "epidemic proportions" of violations spotlight the need to increase penalties, even with the addition of two demerits, which became effective Aug. 1. "Maybe we'll get to the point that we say, 'If you're doing this, we're going to take your car,'" he told the Sun. "Why not?" Police chiefs across Canada have been pushing for higher penalties. The Winnipeg Police Service wrote about about 1,700 … [Read more...]

Alberta DD law now in effect

Alberta took its time installing a distracted driving law -- it's the eighth Canadian province to do so -- but the new rules clearly are among the most comprehensive in North America. The new Alberta distracted driving law went into effect next Thursday, Sept. 1. The fine is $172 (total). (This post updated Sept. 1) In addition to banning text messaging, emailing and the use of handheld cell phones for drivers, the law prohibits other use various other handheld electronic communications devices, grooming, non-commercial use of CB radios, GPS data entry, writing, drawing, sketching, reading … [Read more...]

Ontario: Distracted driving news

Distracted drivers in Ontario are looking at maximum fines of $1,000 and three points vs. their licenses under the new “Keeping Ontario's Roads Safe Act.” Transportation Minister Glen Murray introduced the legislation March 17, calling it “an all-party bill" that was likely to be approved by lawmakers. Distracted driving fines would range from $300 to $1,000 under the plan. The current range is $60 to $500. Some fine increases went into effect March 18 (below). Read more about the proposed Ontario distracted driving penalties. Read the Ontario handheld cell phone, text messaging … [Read more...]

New Brunswick: Distracted driving news

New Brunswick RCMP report that they've issued more than 672 tickets for violations of the year-old distracted driving law. "There are still New Brunswickers who continue to use handheld devices while driving, or who have gone back to their old habit of doing so," a New Brunswick RCMP spokesman said June 6, 2012. New Brunswick's bans on text messaging and handheld cell phone use while driving took effect June 6, 2011, with no "grace" (warning) period. The fine for violating New Brunswick's distracted driving regulations is $172.50 plus three points against the driver's license. The law … [Read more...]