Cell phones and other electronic devices are some of the most common distractions for drivers. Distractions impair driving and significantly increase the risk of being involved in a collision.
Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving
- Make it a habit to only use your cell phone when you’re parked, have a passenger make/take the call, or let it go to voicemail.
- Turn off your cell phone before driving or put it in the trunk.
- Set your GPS and preset your radio before leaving.
- Avoid other distractions like reading, grooming, eating/drinking, tending to children/pets
Distracted Driving Fines
Drivers found using any hand-held device can face fines of up to $1000.
- Drivers receiving their first distracted driving ticket will receive a $615.00 ticket and IF convicted will receive a three day drivers licence suspension
- Drivers receiving their second distracted driving ticket will receive a summons to court and IF convicted will receive a fine between $500.00 - $2000.00 and a seven day drivers licence suspension
- Drivers receiving their third distracted driving ticket will receive a summons to court and IF convicted will receive a fine between $500.00 - $3000.00 and a 30 day drivers licence suspension
To learn more about distracted driving, visit Ontario.ca/distracteddriving
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