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This comes after study on high school students' habits behind the wheel
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Despite a new CAMH study reporting around 50 per cent of grade 12 students admit to texting and driving, the province doesn't plan on making penalties stiffer for younger drivers compared to adults when they make changes to the distracted driving laws.

Premier Kathleen Wynne vows to bring back the distracted driving legislation which was killed when the election campaign started.

It would see three demerit points attached to distracted driving and raise the maximum fine from $280 to $1,000.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says they don't have any plans to make penalties even stiffer for younger drivers.

The province won't say when the legislation will be re-introduced.

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  1. Greg posted on 07/09/2014 02:53 PM
    I don't get this. They have to have a 0% BAC while older drivers are allowed .049% so why is texting any different? It's been shown to be more dangerous than impaired driving so we should be coming down hard on them right away so hopefully they get it through their heads that it won't be tolerated.
    If I ever get into an accident because of someone texting, there WILL be a higher penalty. The fine + a cell phone smashed against the curb.
  2. karen posted on 07/09/2014 05:08 PM
    It's a deadly practise. Take their license for a year or two.
  3. tanjo posted on 07/10/2014 09:00 AM
    What this tells me is that younger drivers are MORE HONEST about their texting and driving habits than their adult counterparts.

    Looking around in the morning, there are still a lot of stupid adults driving in to work.
  4. will posted on 07/10/2014 11:03 AM
    So Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca has no plans to make penalties even stiffer for younger drivers........

    .....but G-d help you if you blow up a hospital using a cell phone trigger while driving! YOU may just end up on one of DelDuca`s attack flyers in the next election!
  5. john posted on 07/10/2014 11:21 AM
    yet another tax grab . liberals don't give a shit about people . to them u are nothing more then liberal slave me on the other hand don't drive or text so they try to steal as money as they can form everybody else but me .
  6. Angry Bill posted on 07/11/2014 02:56 PM
    The province won't single out young drivers who text, because they don't have to. Their bum buddies, the insurance industry, are doing that job for them.
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Despite a new CAMH study reporting around 50 per cent of grade 12 students admit to texting and driving, the province doesn't plan on making penalties stiffer for younger drivers compared to adults when they make changes to the distracted driving laws.

Premier Kathleen Wynne vows to bring back the distracted driving legislation which was killed when the election campaign started.

It would see three demerit points attached to distracted driving and raise the maximum fine from $280 to $1,000.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says they don't have any plans to make penalties even stiffer for younger drivers.

The province won't say when the legislation will be re-introduced.

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  1. Greg posted on 07/09/2014 02:53 PM
    I don't get this. They have to have a 0% BAC while older drivers are allowed .049% so why is texting any different? It's been shown to be more dangerous than impaired driving so we should be coming down hard on them right away so hopefully they get it through their heads that it won't be tolerated.
    If I ever get into an accident because of someone texting, there WILL be a higher penalty. The fine + a cell phone smashed against the curb.
  2. karen posted on 07/09/2014 05:08 PM
    It's a deadly practise. Take their license for a year or two.
  3. tanjo posted on 07/10/2014 09:00 AM
    What this tells me is that younger drivers are MORE HONEST about their texting and driving habits than their adult counterparts.

    Looking around in the morning, there are still a lot of stupid adults driving in to work.
  4. will posted on 07/10/2014 11:03 AM
    So Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca has no plans to make penalties even stiffer for younger drivers........

    .....but G-d help you if you blow up a hospital using a cell phone trigger while driving! YOU may just end up on one of DelDuca`s attack flyers in the next election!
  5. john posted on 07/10/2014 11:21 AM
    yet another tax grab . liberals don't give a shit about people . to them u are nothing more then liberal slave me on the other hand don't drive or text so they try to steal as money as they can form everybody else but me .
  6. Angry Bill posted on 07/11/2014 02:56 PM
    The province won't single out young drivers who text, because they don't have to. Their bum buddies, the insurance industry, are doing that job for them.
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