Ontario’s tough distracted driving rules to take effect Jan. 1

The new laws for distracted driving in Ontario are set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, according to police sources.

The fines for distracted driving would increase from a maximum of $1,000 to up to $2,000 on a second conviction and up to $3,000 for third or subsequent incidents, as well as six demerit points for multiple offences.

Offenders would also see their licence suspended for three days on a first offence, seven days after two convictions, and 30 days for third and further convictions.

However, officers won’t be able to seize a driver’s licence at roadside. A judge would have to order it suspended only after the driver is found guilty.

“It will not be a roadside suspension by a police officer, it will be conviction at court for an offence of distracted driving. Once you’re convicted, whether it is through a guilty plea or a trial, you will lose your licence for three, seven, or 30 days,” Toronto police Const. Clint Stibbe said.

The rules received royal assent earlier this year.

Source: City News

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