Distracted driving remains the number one cause of auto collisions 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
- Talking on a cell phone
- 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, LLPwould 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!