Last October, the Government was in early talks about implementing stiffer penalties for those caught using their device while driving. Today, Transportation Minister Glen Murray communicated one of the first changes will be to increase the fine amount from $155 to $280, an jump of $125 or 45%. The breakdown is $225 for the distracted driving fine, plus a $50 victim surcharge and $5 court administrative costs. This will go into place effective March 18th.
Murray stated that “Distracted driving is one of the fastest-growing causes of death… When you’re driving while talking on your phone, you’re not just putting your own life at risk, but everyone else’s as well. We are looking at legislative and regulatory options.”