DISTRACTED DRIVING FINES COULD INCLUDE DEMERIT POINTS IN ONTARIO

Mar 17, 2014

By AM740 Staff

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Increased fines for distracted driving come into effect at 12:01 Tuesday morning and the Wynne government is proposing that three demerit points be included in addition to a maximum fine of up to $1000. Driving with the display screen of a phone, computer, MP3 player or tablet computer visible to the driver will jump to $280 from $155. The total includes a $25 victim surcharge and $5 court cost. The fines will not apply to GPS screens. Right now a ticket for distracted driving in Ontario does not come with demerit points, although drivers could also face a dangerous driving charge with includes six demerit points. Drivers are allowed to use a cellphone to call 911 in an emergency or if they’ve pulled off the road.

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