Distracted Driving – Fines and Penalties Climb

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THUNDER BAY – As of January 1, 2019, the penalties for distracted driving have increased for motorists in Ontario. If charged and convicted, drivers will now receive a fine of $615, if settled out of court; a fine of up to $1000 if a summons is received or if the ticket is fought and lost in court; three demerit points, and a three (3) day licence suspension. The penalties continue to rise upon subsequent convictions.

Novice drivers (G1, G2, M1 or M2) who are convicted of distracted driving will receive the same fines, but will receive longer licence suspensions as opposed to demerit points.

“These new penalties are the direct result of needless tragedies. Distracted driving continues to be one of the biggest threats on Ontario roadways, and all road users have a part to play in road safety efforts.” Staff Sergeant Brian Knowler, OPP West Region TIME Team.

Let’s start 2019 off the right way; put down the phone, focus on the road, drive to the weather and road conditions. Report suspicious or concerning driving immediately to police by calling 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, dial 1-888-310-1122, anywhere in Ontario. Together, we can ensure that we everyone arrives safely at their destinations.