Jul 27, 2015
By April Anderson
Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca announced the new fines for distracted driving today. They are scheduled to take effect this fall.
New traffic laws coming into effect will increase the fines for motorists who don’t slow down and move over when passing emergency vehicles parked on the side of the road. Tow trucks will also be added to the list of emergency vehicles.
Among other things, fines for motorists who open their car doors in the path of oncoming cyclists will increase. Motorists will also have to give cyclists at least one meter clearance when passing them.
Del Duca says if current trends continue, by this time next year the number of traffic deaths caused by distracted driving in Ontario will surpass the deaths caused by drunk driving.
Fines will range from $300 to $1000, with a loss three demerit points if caught.
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