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Monday, February 25, 2019

Ontario’s New Distracted Driving Laws came into effect January 1, 2019?

As of January 1, 2019, if a driver is convicted of distracted driving they will be punished with a licence suspension, a hefty fine and demerit points. The severity of the punishment increases with the number of subsequent offences committed and the type of license the driver holds.

According to the official Government of Ontario website, anything that causes a driver to be less focused on the road constitutes as distracted driving. Activities include:

  • Simply holding an electronic device in your hands
  • Eating/Drinking
  • Reading books or documents
  • Typing a destination into your GPS

So, before you head out of the driveway or parking lot make sure your Bluetooth is working, or simply turn your phone off.

While the above list is just a few, go to http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/distracted-driving-faq.shtml and https://www.ontario.ca/page/distracted-driving for the full list and penalties.

In case of a motor vehicle accident or personal injury, please contact Stayshyn Law Offices at 905-777-0070.