Ontario is implementing new driving rules that will mean automatic suspension of driver’s licences for convicted distracted drivers.
Constable Clint Stibbe of the Toronto police went on 680 NEWS on Monday and confirmed this, saying “the law has been passed” and that “it’s now just a matter of time.”
Moving forward, distracted drivers will receive a licence suspension as well as a substantial fine. The suspension period and fine amount will vary depending on the number of subsequent offences:
- First offence: 3 days suspension and $1,000 fine
- Second offence: 7 days suspension and $2,000 fine
- Three or more offences: 30 days suspension, $3,000 fine and six demerit points
Officers will not be allowed to seize driver’s licences at roadside. Only under a judge’s approval and after the driver is found guilty will the driver’s licence be suspended.
The tougher laws will come into effect sometime in the next few months. They were created in attempt to reduce the amount of distracted driving, which accounted for 7,435 crashes in Toronto in 2016.
Read here to find out what counts as distracted driving in Ontario.