As discussed in our previous blog, Ontario increased fines and penalties associated with distracted driving in 2015.
It is against the law to use hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle and to view display screens unrelated to your driving. As the third stage of this legislation comes into effect, fines for distracted driving will increase from a maximum of $1,000 to up to $2,000 on a second conviction and up to $3,000 for third or subsequent incidents, as well as six demerit points for multiple offences.
Additionally, the new rules will mean automatic driver’s licence suspension for convicted distracted drivers. Offenders would see their licence suspended for three days on a first offence, seven days after two convictions, and 30 days for third and further convictions. This suspension will require a judge to order the suspension after a finding of guilt and will not be done at the roadside by police (as with some alcohol offences).
As the potential consequences steepen, always consider getting a legal opinion when faced with such charges. The legal team at DeMelo Law can help in this regard – contact us for a free consultation.