In what is beginning to be what I consider a worldwide issue that finally governments are cracking down on, Ontario is the latest to get tough on texting and driving.
Fines for distracted driving will increase from a maximum of $1,000 to up to $2,000 for a second conviction, and a maximum of up to $3,000 for third and/or subsequent convictions. Up to six demerit points may also be issued on a driver’s license.
In addition, a first offense could result in a three day suspension, seven days for two convictions, and thirty days for a third or more convictions. I’ve been tough on the issues of texting and driving and continue to advocate license suspensions is the only way to get the message across.
Approximately, 7,435 accidents were attributed to distracted driving in Toronto, with eight of the accidents resulting in a fatality, 2,642 resulted in injuries, and property damages to 4,785 vehicles.