January 1st marked the first day of Ontario's brand new distracted driving laws. Drivers found guilty of distracted driving will have to suffer harsher penalties including higher fines, license suspension and demerit points. The OPP have also updated list on what counts as distracted driving.
What does distracted driving include?
Eating (This will not result in suspension you may receive demerit points or being fined)
Typing in a destination in a GPS
Simply holding an electronic device
Using your cell phone
What are the new penalties?
First Offence: 3 days suspension and $1,000 fine
Second Offence: 7 days suspension and $2,000 fine
Three or more: 30 days suspension, $3,000 fine and six demerit points
The OPP has made it clear that drivers will no longer be let off with a warning and will have to pay a fine if they are caught driving while distracted. Start the new year off safe by putting away your cell phone before driving.