One person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every half hour in Ontario, which is why the Ministry of Transportation is proposing new laws to help reduce the number of incidents. Here are the proposed new laws and what you can do to avoid being a distracted driver:
Careless Driving Causing Death or Bodily Harm
This is a brand new offence with a range of punishments, including: license suspension up to five years, as well as up to two years in jail. In addition, a fine ranging between $2000-$50,000 and six demerit points.
Repeat offenders will be subject to harsher penalties. A second offense would mean up to $2000 in fines, and $3000 in fines for three or more convictions. Six demerit points will also be issued.
The current maximum fine of $500 for drivers who fail to yield for pedestrians will now escalate up to $1000.
Expanding the use of rear flashing blue lights for emergency and enforcement vehicles.The province is also considering allowing footage captured from school buses to be used as admittible evidence against illegally passing a school bus offences.
Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving
You’re 23 times more likely to be an accident when you look at your phone, so let us help you kick the habit!
-Send any messages before you start driving
-Turn your phone on silent to avoid notifications
-Keep your phone out of reach by storing it in your glove box or purse
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