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

New transportation minister Steven Del Duca plans to revive legislation that would stiffen penalties for distracted driving, including the adoption of demerit points. Premier Kathleen Wynne, citing the dangers of texting and driving, said: "It's a real problem and that's why we'll be reintroducing the legislation." The Liberals' previous transportation legislation (below) expired as a result of the June 12 election. It would have increased fines to as much as $1,000 with 3 points vs. the driver's license. Fines were increased in March, but no points came into play. Read the Ontario … [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...]