Distracted Driving

Saskatchewan to More than Double Distracted Driving Penalties in 2020

Starting Feb. 1, 2020, fines for distracted driving in Saskatchewan will more than double with a first offence going up from $280 to $580 plus four demerits, CBC News is reporting. "Enough is enough,” said Joe Hargrave, the minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). According to the new changes, a second distracted driving offence...

Distracted Driving Fatalities Top Impaired Driving in Ontario: Report

According to the latest data from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), distracted driving fatalities have now surpassed those caused by impaired driving in some parts of Canada, CBC News reports. In Ontario, distracted driving has accounted for 44 deaths as compared to 34 fatalities caused by impaired driving this year. "There seems to be a disconnect," said...

Regina Police Officer on Track to Set New Distracted Driving Tickets Record

Regina Police Service Const. Mike ‘Hawkeye’ Seel, who handed out 1,137 distracted driving tickets in 2018, is getting closer to breaking that record this year as he continues to bust more drivers watching videos, including porn, behind the wheels, CBC News is reporting. Image credit: CBC News Seel, who caught four drivers watching videos last Saturday night...

Vancouver Island Man to Challenge Distracted Driving Ticket in Court

Last week, a Vancouver senior was issued a distracted driving ticket for having her iPhone charging in her vehicle’s cupholder and now, another B.C. driver has apparently received a distracted driving ticket for having his phone in the car’s cupholder as well, according to Global News. @vicpdcanada is it illegal to have a cellphone stored...

Calgary Nearly Halves Distracted Driving Convictions in 5 Years

According to the latest data released by the province, Calgary has nearly halved its number of distracted driving convictions in the past 5 years, with 4,395 distracted driving convictions for the year ending March 31, 2019, down from 7,713 convictions in Calgary in 2015, CBC News is reporting. During the same time period, however, distracted convictions in...

Insurance Bureau of Canada and Kennebecasis Police to Fight Distracted Driving

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force (KRPF) in New Brunswick have announced a collaboration to combat distracted driving at the station. The partnership includes a donation of the IBC desktop driving simulator for the campaign, which seeks to "educate youth on the dangers of distracted driving, without the risk of...

Distracted Driving Still Accounts for 25% of Road Fatalities in Canada

As highlighted in a recent article over at The Star, distracted driving remains the leading cause of fatalities and injuries on roads across Canada, despite all the education campaigns and tough financial penalties. Statistics show that distracted driving still accounts for 25% of all road fatalities in the country. Distracted driving, that covers any activity behind...

ICBC Says Distracted Driving Convictions to Now Increase Price of Optional Premiums

According to The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), driving convictions—including distracted driving—will now impact the cost of optional premiums, starting this fall on September 1, 2019. ICBC says, “customers with frequent or serious driving convictions will pay more for their ICBC optional insurance coverage so that lower-risk drivers can pay less.” The insurance corporation […]