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

Ottawa police say they've generated about a million dollars in distracted driving fines in 2016, as of mid-October. Almost 2,200 tickets have been handed out, police said. They wrote about 400 of them over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, police said in a news release. Inattentive drivers are on pace to kill more people than drunken drivers this year in Ontario, police say. As of mid-August, the Ontario Provincial Police investigated 38 road deaths in which an inattentive driver was involved, compared with 19 deaths involving an impaired driver. "Since 2009, our officers have investigated more … [Read more...]