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New Distracted Driving Laws in Ontario

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)

  • Reading Documents

  • Typing in a destination in a GPS

  • Simply holding an electronic device

  • Using your cell phone

What are the new penalties?

  1. First Offence: 3 days suspension and $1,000 fine

  2. Second Offence: 7 days suspension and $2,000 fine

  3. 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.

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