Drivers to Face $280 Fine for Distracted Driving in Ontario

According to The Canadian Press, drivers in Ontario will be facing higher fines if caught distracted by a cellphone or other electronic devices, starting from 18th March (via The Globe And Mail). The current fine for distracted driving in Ontario is $155 (including surcharges) but it will jump to $280 next month.

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Last year, it was declared by The Court of Appeal for Ontario that it’s illegal to have a cellphone in hand while driving, even if it’s not transmitting and no matter how briefly it’s in a driver’s hand. Now, for the first time since the ban on handheld devices came into effect in 2009, the fine amount over distracted driving has been increased. The report adds that currently police do not confiscate handheld devices but it being considered by the government as an option.

“There are no demerit points and police do not confiscate handheld devices. However, the provincial government has said it is considering using demerit points as a penalty for distracted drivers.

The law makes it illegal for people to hold a cellphone or other device while driving, but drivers are allowed to use a handheld device to call 911 in an emergency or if they are lawfully parked.”

How often do you use your cellphone while driving?

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  • speedracer99

    I see people everyday still using their Cell Phones. If the gov’t is serious about stopping people from using phone behind the wheel. The fine should be $500 with 6 demerit points. That should convince people!

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Let’s make it $1000, 6 points and a 1 month driving suspension. There’s still plenty of idiots out there who think they’re above the law or that rules are for everybody else or that they simply won’t get caught. There’s got to be better enforcement too like “ghost” cars/trucks actively searching for these imbeciles. Distracted driving has now overtaken drunk driving as the leading cause of accidents and we need to get society to start thinking about distracted driving the same way people now regard drinking and driving.

  • DNTZ

    Maybe we should ban imbeciles who can’t drive and hold a phone in their hands? You know, the same ones who are doing 20 under the speed limit on the fast lane. Those who are signaling a lane change while driving straight for 20 minutes. Those who have no awareness of their surroundings. Those who suck at driving but still have the ability to use the internet to complain about others’ driving. You know – hypocrites.

    End rant.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    The general rule is no person shall drive upon a highway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, unless the reduced speed is necessary for safe operation, because of a grade, or in compliance with law. I don’t know how often behaviour you describe is ticketed or fined but probably not very often so unfortunately for you the only thing that is illegal is driving with your phone in yor hand. There was a case in BC where a guy tried arguing it was his wallet but he lost his appeal.

  • youreallyhavenoclue

    The facts are simple. No one can concentrate on driving while distracted by a phone, tablet, or computer etc. The things I’ve seen on the 401 are terrifying. Someone doing their make-up using the mirror in the shade flap thing, someone shaving using the same mirror, people reading ipads, FULL NEWSPAPERS! It’s madness.

    The only people that I think should be able to use their phones and computers while driving are the police, because they can manage it while no one else can. /s