Distracted driving fines going up to $280

The new fines go into effect as of March 18

If you still won't put down your cell phone while driving (even though it's against the law) maybe this will make you think twice.

Ontario Chief Justice signed a document on Feb. 18 to raise the fine for distracted driving.

The change bumps the cost of a distracted driving ticket from $125 to $280. The new fines go into effect as of March 18.

Since at least last Fall, the provincial government has been considering changes to distracted driving rules including possibly issuing demerit points.

Toronto Police Constable Clint Stibbe spoke to NewsTalk 1010, "I think that the fine is going to have some people, maybe think twice about using a cell phone while driving".

Since 2011, Toronto police have laid more than 55,000 charges for offences related to distracted driving.

Distracted driving is any action that a driver engages in that takes their focus away from the safe operation of their car and includes the use of hand-held communication devices or entertainment like Mp3 players, laptops or DVD players.

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  1. john posted on 02/25/2014 10:43 AM
    oh please that is pocket change . i pay more then that in my insurance .
  2. Angry Bill posted on 02/25/2014 10:51 AM
    Texting and driving is a bad thing. No one denies that.

    However, in the usual bungling, incompetent and and non-thinking fashion, cops are stupidly applying the law, and judges are stupidly ruling against people who weren't actually distracted. This leads me to believe that like other laws, this has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with a cash grab, which is typical of this province.

    The situation I'm talking about is if you even have the phone in your hand... for whatever reason... you will be fined and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. If your phone is on the car seat, and it falls off and you wait until you come to a red light and pick it up and put it back on the seat, you will be fined. For distracted driving. For being at a stop light and picking the phone up off the floor and putting it on the seat.

    Or another situation, and this actually happened.. read about it in the news. Some guy had to make a phone call, so he does the safe, responsible thing. He pulls over and stops the car. He isn't driving at all while making the phone call. He isn't even on the road. But a cop gives him a ticket for distracted driving. And get this... it was a bicycle cop. The judge? Perfectly okay with it. Cha-ching!

    I have absolutely ZERO confidence in our judiciary system, or in the mental capacity of our cops to use anything even remotely resembling critical thought. They're told to go out and write tickets, so they do. That's it. They consider that "just doing their job". If only they would start considering using judgment to be part of their job as well.

    So.. bottom line? Cha-ching. That's it. Until the above situations are addressed and rectified by cops and judges with brains, then you'll never convince me that this has anything at all do do with safety. It's just another cash grab.
  3. john posted on 02/25/2014 11:06 AM
    photo radar
    user fees
    smart meters
    car registering
    insurance rates
    health premiums
    gas tax
    emissions testing

    have one thing in common . thay are tax grabs plain and simple and thay all should go . one if a million reason why i dont drive . thay all go screw themselves.
  4. don was right posted on 02/25/2014 12:09 PM
    yet another revenue tool to prop up teh Liberal boondoggle machine.

    . how about fining people who make videos of people jogging jaywalker style across a road on teh crest of a hill.
  5. john posted on 02/25/2014 12:42 PM
    better ideal folow all the politicians and tape everything thay do and post it in youtude . that will fix em . then thay can get fined for what thay are doing so if thay come up with another stupid ideal thay will think twice . payback is a bitch .
  6. Mark posted on 02/25/2014 05:19 PM
    Its a start, but I agree that it is not enough. It should cost the driver at least two if not four demerit points. Texting and driving is as bad, if not worse, than drinking and driving. People need to learn to put their damn phone away when driving and focus on the road.
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