Distracted Driving Blitz Underway
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is conducting its Distracted Driving Campaign during March Break, and warn that drivers caught using their cell phones may also get caught off guard by the tougher penalties that took effect on January 1st.
The OPP say the new penalties include a fine increase up to $1,000, three demerit points and a three-day licence suspension. The penalties also increase with subsequent offences. For novice drivers in the graduated licencing system, there is no fine or additional demerit points but longer licence suspensions now apply.
The deaths of 55 people and more than 9,115 collisions were linked to an inattentive driver on OPP-patrolled roads in 2018.
The OPP laid 13,529 Distracted Driving charges last year for using a hand-held electronic device.