Cell Phone Ban has Netted Thousands of Tickets in Toronto

Update: see previous related posts: Cell Phone Ban to be Aggressively Enforced on February 1, 2010, O.P.P Laying Numerous Cellphone Charges before February 1, 2010Cell Phone Ban effective October 26, 2009 on Ontario’s highways, streets & roads. , Restrictions on Cell Phones in Motor Vehicle

There was a commitment from the Provincial Liberal Government, wherein motor vehicle operator’s would be made aware during a three (3) month grace period (a period in which an education campaign on Bill 118 was to be conducted) between October 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010, would take place, followed by charges to be laid effective Monday, February 1, 2010.

During this grace period/education period (between Oct.26/09 and Jan. 31/10 inclusive) the O.P.P laid 64 charges, while warning 3,260 drivers, before February 1, 2010.

It was reported today, that Toronto police have handed out thousands of $155 tickets under Bill 118 , the distracted driving law, since the law was implemented on February 1, 2010.

Police have issued 4, 397 tickets (296 tickets issued relating to the use of devices other than cell phones) between February 1 and April 30, 2010 in three (3) categories:

  • holding a communcations device, including a phone for talking or texting; or
  • using a hand-held entertainment device (ie -MP3, DVD player or video game control device); or
  • having a display screen visible to the driver (ie -a computer laptop or any other display screen)
  • Toronto Police expect to generate an even greater number of $155.00 tickets, for a violation of  Bill 118 in the future.

    If a motorist is charged, the motorist can make an application for an Intention to Appear and go to a Provincial Court to challenge the ticket. The trial would take place with a Justice of the Peace presiding. The Justice of the Peace has the discretion to impose a fine between sixty ($60.00) dollars to five hundred ($500.00) dollars.

    Update: October 29, 2010 – Blitz every corner to stop drivers using cellphones

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