Canadians to distracted drivers: Enough

Manitoba has joined Ontario in stiffening its fines for distracted drivers. Both provinces have punishments that rank among the toughest in North America. The Manitoba government on June 4 unveiled a new 5-demerit penalty vs. the driver's license. The existing $200 fine remains the same. Distracted drivers previously faced a 2-demerit assessment. The new penalty goes into effect July 1. "This is the highest level of demerit points in Canada for the use of a handheld device," said Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh, left. All Canadian provinces use demerits to punish distracted … [Read more...]

Ontario plan: $1,000 plus points

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...]

Ontario: Distracted driving news

Ontario's government is introducing legislation that would slap distracted drivers who kill or maim with two years in prison and fines up to $50,000. Basic distracted driving offenses would come with license suspensions of three days (first offense), seven days (second) and then 30 days (subsequent convictions). The minimum fine for basic distracted driving violations could rise from $300 to $500, with a maximum of $2,000 for second offenses and $3,000 after that, according to plans for new roadway laws. Multiple convictions would bring 6 demerit points. The current maximum penalty for … [Read more...]