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Distracted Drivers could face $1000 fine, 3 demerit points

Ontario is set to introduce newer, harsher punishments for distracted driving, making them harshest in the country and bringing the war against texting motorists to a whole new level. And young drivers should especially take notice.

Ontario’s Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca told the Toronto Star that the distracted driving laws would be introduced after sessions resume at Queen’s Park in October.

Once those laws are installed, effectively a given with the Liberals holding a majority government, the punishment for driving under the influence of a cellphone will become financially more staggering and also leave a significant permanent mark on your driving record.

Ontario laws currently allow distracted driving fines of between $60 and $500. That range would be increased to between $300 and $1,000. On top of that, those caught will also receive three rather than two demerit points, negative marks left on a person’s driving record that can result in suspensions and higher automobile insurance rates.

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