Ontario Proposes Changes to Demerit Point Penalties for Distracted Drivers

Ontario is proposing that distracted drivers be hit with three demerit points in addition to a maximum fine of up to $1,000 if they are convicted of using their cell phones behind the wheel.

According to canadianunderwriter.ca, Transportation Minister Glen Murray says the government consulted the police, Canadian Automobile Associate (CAA) and other groups before coming up with this solution.

In February 2014, Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo signed an order to increase the fines for distracted driving to $225 beginning on March 18. The maximum fine including surcharges could be $280, however, drivers who fight the ticket could be fined up to $500.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driver accident, contact Greg Monforton & Partners at 1-866-320-4770. You may be entitled to compensation.