(ONTARIO) – It’s almost the beginning of another school year and OPP are cracking down hard on distracted drivers starting this Labour Day weekend.
So far this year OPP have been dispatched to 5,619 collisions resulting from distracted driving. Out of those collisions, 31 people were killed and 1,051 people were injured.
Distracted driving has become one of the deadliest behaviours on Ontario highways, surpassing alcohol, drug use, lack of seat belts and speeding.
Begining January 1, 2019 penalties will increase for distracted drivers. Fines will begin at $1,000, up to 7 demerit points could be given and a three day drivers licence suspension.
New drivers will receive a 30 day licence suspension for first time offenders. A 90 day licence suspension if caught a second time, and a cancellation of licence and removal from licensing system if convicted for the third time.
Simply holding a cell phone, or any other electronic device while behind the wheel is against the law.