Distracted driving fines increased

Getting caught using any electronic hand-held device or display screens while driving is going to cost a lot more.

Beginning March 18, the distracted driving fine of $155 increased to $280 (a $225 fine plus a $50 victim fine surcharge and $5 court cost) as of that day.

A distracted driving ticket does not include demerit points, although drivers could also face a careless or dangerous driving charge, the latter coming with six demerit points.

However, Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray introduced legislation on Monday, March 17 that, if passed, would add three demerit points to distracted driving violations and increase the maximum fine to $1,000.