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

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The use of demerit points vs. the licenses of distracted drivers hasn't done much to halt the dangerous practice, a survey says. More than 40 percent of those polled by CAA Manitoba said more financial penalties were needed to make a dent in distracted driving in the province. Almost all of the 7,000 survey respondents said they continued to see other motorists using their cell phones while behind the wheel. 82 percent felt it was unlikely distracted drivers would be stopped and cited by police, CAA's annual distracted driving survey showed. "Distracted driving has now overtaken impaired … [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

Forty-five deaths in Ontario can be laid to distracted driving so far in 2014, OPP says. Distracted driving was the second-deadliest cause of fatalities as of early October, Ontario Provincial Police say (speed was No. 1). "Drivers have it within their means to end (these) road deaths ... because these are not 'accidents' that occur through no one's wrongdoing. ... the tragic result is always related to poor driving behavior," said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair. The distraction-related deaths count of 45 in 2014 compares with 68 for all of 2013, OPP reported Oct. 7. Read the Ontario … [Read more...]

New Brunswick: Distracted driving news

New Brunswick RCMP said in early October 2014 that they'd written almost 600 distracted driving tickets so far in the year. That's roughly on pace with the number from 2013, which totaled 763. The fine for violating New Brunswick's distracted driving regulations is $172.50 plus three points against the driver's license. New Brunswick RCMP reported that in the first full year of the distracted driving law, they'd issued more than 672 tickets. "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 … [Read more...]