About Distracted Driving & Preventing It

Distracted driving remains the number one cause of auto accidents in the Province of Ontario, followed closely by impaired driving.

As a result, on June 2, 2015, Ontario has new rules of the road with respect to what is considered “distracted driving.” Fines have increased from the range of $60.00 to $500.00 to the range of $300.00 to $1,000.00 and there is a minimum penalty of 3 demerit points.

Some situations that could warrant a distracted driving charge are, but not limited to:

  • Drinking a beverage
  • Eating
  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Texting
  • Map reading
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Applying makeup or shaving
  • Arguing with kids

There are also significant new penalties for impaired driving, entering into a crosswalk before a pedestrian crosses, and passing too close to a cyclist.

The Government of Ontario’s reason for heavier fines and penalties is that there is no excuse for a distracted driving charge.

Jewell Radimisis Jorge, LL.P. would like to remind everyone to please pay attention and drive safely. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, contact our Toronto personal injury attorneys today!

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