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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Distracted Driving Laws Take Effect

Regional | by Bayshore News Staff  

Hefty fines, demerit points and license suspensions in store for texting drivers.

New distracted driving laws kick in January 1  that include hefty fines,  licence suspensions and demerit points.
For the first offence,  there is a 3 day licence suspension and a $1,000 fine.

Penalties increase with the number of offences committed.

A second offence is 7 days and a $2,000 fine,  three or more offences is 30 days suspension,  $3,000 fine and six demerit points.

Sgt Jason Folz of OPP Central Region says it's crucial to get people to change the culture about using their devices while in cars.

He says distracted driving is the leading cause of death on OPP-patrolled roads.

Folz says distracted driving is not just about texting or talking on the phone.

It can be as simple as eating or drinking coffee,  even carrying on a conversation with somebody,  anything where driving is suffering.

Police will not be able to seize a driver's licence at the roadside.

The suspension will be part of a conviction in court.

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