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Distracted Driving Penalties Set to Increase

The Government of Ontario is increasing the penalty for operating an electronic handheld device while driving. Effective March 18, 2014 the penalty is nearly doubling from $155 to $280.

While this is a step in the right direction, we would like to see the government go even further. Demerit points at a minimum need to be part of the deterrence mix, and possibly even temporary licence suspension.

Distracted driving kills. Too many families have been ruined by a text message. Penalties proportional to the risks created are necessary to ensure the message gets through.

Read more about distracted driving here.