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Liberties advocates say Ontario’s new distracted driving law could target minorities

Ontario’s new distracted driving law could disproportionately target racial minorities, according to civil liberties advocates. Under the new law, which took effect on January 1st, 2019, distracted drivers can face a $1,000 fine, three-day license suspension and three demerit points. Police told CBC News that they will use “subjective” judgment when deciding to pull over drivers on…

New year to bring harsher distracted driving penalties to Ontario

Ontario’s distracted driving laws are about to get much tougher. According to the Ministry of Transportation, changes to distracted driving laws passed as part of Bill 174 will come into effect starting January 1st, 2019. Passed in December 2017, the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act will strengthen existing road safety…

Government of Ontario plans on introducing tougher distracted driving legislation

Distracted and careless drivers will soon face even more stringent penalties. Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon announced plans to introduce new legislation in the fall that would “help protect pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the number of people killed or injured by impaired, distracted and…

Here’s the Government of Ontario’s trick to stop distracted driving [Video]

A new educational video has emerged from the Government of Ontario’s “Put Down the Phone” campaign that boldly states, “phones + cars = dangerous.” Following similar messaging, the video states that distracted driving now kills more people than drunk driving. “It’s a problem,” says the voice over, enthusiastically noting we need less technology and not…

Ontario government drives home message about dangers of distracted driving [Video]

The Government of Ontario is serious about educating the province’s drivers on the dangers of using a mobile device while driving. The provincial government has released, and uploaded to YouTube in several different languages. a new video that encourages Ontario drivers to put down their phone and focus on driving. “When your eyes aren’t on…

Fines for distracted driving to increase in Ontario on September 1

Effective September 1st, drivers in Ontario caught using their handheld device while driving will be fined a minimum of $490. In addition, offending drivers will receive three demerit points. The stiffer penalties are a part of Bill 31, otherwise known as the “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, that was passed in June. The law also…

Ontario implements tougher fines for distracted driving

Following its 2009 decision to ban drivers from using a mobile device while driving, the Government of Ontario has passed new legislation that will impose even harsher penalties on those who are caught looking at something other than the road while driving. Fines for distracted driving now start at $300 and go as high as…

Premier Kathleen Wynne says distracted driving a ‘real problem’ in Ontario

A report released today revealed a high number of high school students use their smartphone while driving. The Ontario government banned the use of handheld devices while driving back in April 2009, with fines upward of $280 if caught talking, texting, surfing the web, or even holding your device while behind the wheel. Premier Kathleen Wynne…

Ontario Government increasing Distracted driving fines to $280 on March 18th

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…

Ontario man ticketed for watching YouTube video while driving

A man from Kitchener, Ontario was ticketed for watching a YouTube video on his phone while he was driving in Durham. The police officer who gave him the ticket, Constable Cory Trainor of the West Grey Police Service, said that the 60-year-old driver had the phone in the centre console pointed towards himself and had…

Desjardins’ Ajusto app will now count distracted driving against your score

Desjardins is hoping to curb distracted driving with tweaks to its Ajusto app and by increasing awareness. In a press release, the company announced that its Ajusto app, which monitors driving habits, scores drivers and provides insurance discounts for those who employ safe driving habits, would now take distractions into account. Since launching in 2015,…

OPP on ‘zero tolerance’ distracted driving blitz this long weekend

Another long weekend blitz is underway and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are once again requesting motorists to ‘Put Down The Phone.” From August 30th to September 2nd, the OPP says it has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to ensure drivers behind the wheel are focused on driving and not their mobile device. “Drivers who use…

Toronto Police issued 670 distracted driving tickets during recent campaign

Toronto Police Services (TPS) has wrapped up its January distracted driving blitz with 670 distracted driving charges. The campaign ran for seven days between January 14th, 2019 and January 20th, 2019. The police had units patrolling on foot, bikes, unmarked cruisers, pickup trucks and TTC buses and streetcars, according to a January 22nd press release. The blitz…

Toronto Police ‘zero tolerance’ distracted driving campaign underway

The Toronto Police Service’s (TPS) zero tolerance campaign against distracted driving is underway and will continue until January 20th, 2019. According to the TPS, “members of the public can expect zero tolerance enforcement targeting drivers using hand-held devices.” The campaign itself is part of the City of Toronto’s ‘Vision Zero Road Safety Plan,’ but also…

Toronto police to launch new distracted driving campaign on January 14th

Toronto Police Service will launch a new distracted driving campaign on January 14th. During this time, TPS officers will drive unmarked vehicles and ride on TTC vehicles in order to spot distracted drivers. During the @TorontoPolice #DistractedDriving Campaign starting on Jan 14 Officers will be driving unmarked vehicles and riding on @TTChelps vehicles to spot…

OPP launches distracted driving campaign for Labour Day weekend

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has announced a Labour Day weekend campaign that will crack down on distracted driving across the province. As part of its no-tolerance policy towards distracted driving, the OPP says it will be vigilantly monitoring the streets between Friday, August 31st and Sunday, September 2nd. 31 deaths and over 5,600 #OPP…