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Harsher Distracted Driving Penalties Are Coming To Canada Next Week

The next time you reach for your cellphone while you’re driving, you might want to think again. As of this fall, Canada is cracking down on careless and distracted drivers with new intensified penalties in these prvinces: Ontario,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba .

Earlier today,  Minister Steven Del Duca announced  that the government is introducing a new legislation this fall that would help eliminate careless and distracted driving,  with careless drivers who cause death fined up to $100,000.

Del Duca says with the new legislation, Canada would have the toughest penalties ever for repeated distracted driving offences.

Under the new legislation, if you’re guilty of causing death or bodily harm from careless driving, you will receive a license suspension of up to five years, fines between $6,000 and $100,000, up to two years of jail time and six demerit points. 

Fines for distracted driving  – which counts as using a phone to talk, text, check maps or choose a playlist while you’re behind the wheel – will increase from a maximum of $5,000 to up to $7,000 on a second conviction and up to $9,000 for third or subsequent incidents, as well as six demerit points for multiple offences.

Additionally, drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians will see harsher fines under the legislation from a current maximum of $1000 up to $3,000.

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