Texting & Driving

Aside from the fact that it is extremely dangerous and inconsiderate to fellow citizens everyone should now be aware of the penalties for texting and driving and that Ontario now has the toughest laws in Canada.

According to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) On January 1, 2019, a new section of Bill 174 which regulates the sale of recreational marijuana in the province, was passed and affects drivers in the province of Ontario. Namely, The distracted driving changes made under the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act  are specifically designed to “strengthen the existing road safety laws.”

What is at stake?

Drivers who are caught talking on their phones, texting, dialing or emailing using a hand-held device, such as a cell phone and other entertainment devices will be fined up to $1,000 with a three-day licence suspension and three demerit points.

Repeat offenders raise the stakes!

Drivers with more than one distracted driving conviction will face a fine of up to $2,000, a seven-day licence suspension and six demerit points, while motorists who have been caught driving distracted more than two times will pay a fine of up to $3,000 and lose their license for 30 days.

Read our guide to demerit points to understand how these infractions and others can affect your driving record and how you can fight them.