Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A List of Proposed New Penalties for Careless and Distracted Driving in Ontario

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A List of Proposed New Penalties for Careless and Distracted Driving in Ontario

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Proposed new driving fines in Ontario

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TORONTO - Ontario is proposing legislation to introduce harsher penalties for careless and distracted driving. Here is a summary of the changes:

Currently, a careless driving conviction carries jail time of up to six months, fines of up to $2,000, a licence suspension of up to two years and six demerit points. The legislation would create a new offence for careless driving causing death, with penalties of:

-- jail time of up to two years

-- a fine of up to $50,000

-- a licence suspension of up to five years

-- six demerit points.

Currently, distracted drivers face a fine of between $300 and $1,000 and three demerit points. The legislation would boost the penalties to:

-- a fine of between $500 and $1,000, three demerit points and a licence suspension of three days on first conviction

-- a fine of between $500 and $2,000, six demerit points and a licence suspension of seven days on second conviction

-- a fine of between $500 and $3,000, six demerit points and a licence suspension of 30 days on third and subsequent convictions

Currently, drivers who don't yield to pedestrians are subject to a fine of between $150 and $500, and three demerit points. …

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