- Distracted driving is squarely in the cross-hairs of law enforcement, upping the minimum fine from $200 to $490 if you’re a fully licenced driver convicted of using a hand-held device while driving. The conviction also comes with three demerit points against your driving record.
- Inexperienced drivers holding their G1, G2, M1 or M2 licences (in Ontario’s graduated licencing system for car and motorcycle operators) will see even stronger penalties, wherein a driver or rider, if convicted, will face a minimum 30-day licence suspension for a first offence; 90-day licence suspension for a second conviction; and the cancellation of their driver’s licence and removal from the graduated licensing system for a third conviction.
- Figure you’ll just contest the distracted driving charge in court and bypass these news law? The province has taken a measure to discourage drivers from fighting tickets, saying drivers who contest their ticket by going to court may face a fine of up to $1,000. Thats just fucking stupid.
- The “move over” law will be updated to include tow trucks as of September 1, meaning drivers who fail to slow down and move into the next lane when passing stopped emergency vehicles – think ambulance, police car, or fire truck – or tow trucks with their amber lights flashing can face a fine of $490 and three demerit points.
- In a move that rightly places driving-while-high-on-drugs under the same penalties as driving drunk, the province will now issue from three- to 90-day licence suspensions and week-long vehicle impounds to motorists convicted of driving impaired under the influence of any drug. Those caught driving while high are also likely to face arrest, much like drunk drivers
one for the cyclists: Cyclists must also take responsibility for their safety with new visibility laws in place requiring all bicycles, e-bikes, and mopeds to have proper lights, reflective materials and reflectors on their bicycles, lest they be charged a $110 fine