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...]

Manitoba: Distracted driving news

Manitoba will slam distracted drivers with 5 demerit points vs. their licenses come July 1, 2015. The fine remains $200. "This is the highest level of demerit points in Canada for the use of a handheld device," Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh said. The points mean license renewal fees ranging from about $540 to $3,200. The current 2 demerit point penalty was seen as not effective, officials said. In 2014, 5,200 people were convicted of distracted driving in Manitoba. Mackintosh said "28 Manitobans are killed every year by a distracted driver." The automatic licence suspension for drunken … [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

Ontario police say 65 people died in distracted driving crashes in 2016. That makes it the No. 1 killer on the province's roads for the fourth-straight year. Second in fatalities was speeding (55 deaths), followed by failure to use seat belts (53). Drunken driving came in fourth. The numbers were reported in March 2017. With the exception of 2012, inattentive drivers have taken more lives on OPP-patrolled roads than speeding and alcohol-impaired drivers since Ontario distracted driving laws took effect in 2009, police said. "Road deaths linked to distracted drivers will not let up unless every … [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...]