'Tis the season for brand new driving laws in Canada. As of today, the Canadian government's brand new impaired driving laws and stricter penalties come into effect. Two weeks from now in Ontario, new distracted driving laws officially take effect as well.
On January 1st, 2019, new distracted driving laws and penalties from the Ontario government will officially be enforced and they are stricter than ever.
The new distracted driving rules were created as part of Ontario's Cannabis legislation, even though they aren't completely related. The full name of the bill though is Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, so it still makes sense.
The new bill, which was actually passed under the previous Liberal government, forces stricter penalties for distracted driving, even for first-time offenders. Your first offence will result in an automatic 3-day license suspension, 3 demerit points, and a $1000 fine so it won't be cheap either.
The penalties also get harsher for repeat offenders. For your second distracted driving charge, you will face an automatic 7-day suspension, 6 demerit points, and a $2000 fine. For the third offence and anything after that, it's a 30-day suspension and a $3000 fine.
If the thousands of dollars in fines aren't enough to put a dent in your bank account, keep in mind that all these demerit points will send your insurance premiums through the roof.
The new stricter laws come into effect on January 1st, 2019. Once they are in place, Ontario will officially have the harshest distracted driving laws and toughest penalties for repeat offenders ever.
To read up on all of the new distracted driving laws taking effect in Ontario, click here.