Tougher Crackdown on Distracted Driving in Ontario from Next Year
With the number of cases involving distracted drivers having more than doubled over the course of the past 18 years, lawmakers in Canada have taken it upon themselves to take a more aggressive approach when it comes to encouraging safer driving practices. Ontario will soon be seeing much tougher rules and regulations pertaining to distracted driving. The 1st of January, 2019 will see the new laws coming into immediate effect based on police sources.
The maximum amount when it came to the fines for distracted driving were around $1000 but that amount will see itself doubled with the new regulations coming into place. Repeated convictions for distracted driving will see the fine go up to $3000 and six demerit points for the driver as well.
Upon conviction for distracted driving the first time around, the drivers can see their license suspended for up to three days. If you have two convictions, your license will be suspended for up to a week. If you are convicted more than two times for distracted driving, you can expect your driver’s license to be suspended for a month at least.
Of course, drivers will not have their licenses taken away from them right there on the road. They will have to appear in front of a judge for a hearing. A judge will be responsible for suspending their license upon finding them guilty of distracted driving. This means that not only will you be put through the financial aspect of paying the fine, you will have to go to court and see a judge properly hand you the conviction in the court of law. Once you have been convicted for the crime of distracted driving, you will see your license being suspended for the allotted amount of time based on your previous indictments.
Earlier on, these laws were just being speculated and talked about. With the Royal Assent having been received, the laws have been passed and are just waiting to be put into effect. The preliminary data has shown that in 2016, there were over 7,400 crashed in the city caused by drivers who were distracted while driving. Of these accidents, there were almost ten accidents that proved to be fatal while over 2,600 of them resulted in serious injuries to the people involved. Almost 4,800 of these accidents had resulted in serious property damage.
All of this goes to say that distracted driving is a serious risk for everybody involved. If you feel like you need more information about distracted driving and the huge risk that it carries, do contact us. At 2nd Chance Auto Insurance, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to adopt safe driving practices. You can always find us through our website at https://2ndchanceautoinsurance.ca/ for more information on this and for help with the high risk auto insurance that you will be liable to opt for if you are ever convicted for distracted driving in Ontario.