Durham: Police Issue 153 Distracted Driving Tickets to Driver’s Using Cellphone

Update: see previous posts – November 6, 2013 Ontario: Driver’s Talking/Texting Deadlier Than Impaired Drivers, October 4, 2013 Guelph: Court Rulings Mean Police Will Ticket When Motorist Simply Hold Their Phone

The fine for contravening section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act and driving distracted is $155.
The fine for contravening section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act and driving distracted is currently $155. On October 9, 2013 the Liberal Government introduced Bill 116 the Manoranjana Kanagasabapathy Act (Hand-Held Devices Penalty), 2013 which would increase the fine for using a hand-held device (ie-phone) from $155 to a minimum fine of $300 to a maximum of $700, including an accumulation of three (3) demerit points on your driving record.  The Bill is currently at second reading and will most likely become law this year.

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More than 150 drivers were given tickets for driving while texting or talking on a cellphone during a distracted driving blitz in Durham Region last week.

From January 20 to January 24, Traffic Services Branch (TSB) members, as well as front-line officers from each division, conducted an initiative that targeted drivers who use their cellphone while driving. A total of 243 Provincial Offence Notices (PONs) were handed out during the week-long blitz, and 153 of those were for cellphone use. Other offences included speeding, not wearing seatbelts and failing to stop for a red light.

Driving while distracted is both risky and illegal. The fine for contravening section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act and driving distracted is $155.

DRPS would like to remind drivers that your full attention should be on the road while driving. Talking or texting on a cellphone, eating, playing with the radio or reading makes you a less safe driver as you take your eyes off the road.

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