Laws surrounding distracted driving have tightened up substantially in Canada over the past few years. With penalties costing hundreds of dollars, the incentive to keep your eyes on the road while driving is higher than ever. Though, Canadian law enforcement is finding that the number of distracted drivers behind the wheel is still way too high. In response, Canada distracted driving fines are set to increase by more than double in March 2020.
It doesn’t end with the ticket, either. There are a number of other penalties that will come along with it.
Come March , distracted drivers in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and New Brunswick, will be issued massive tickets and given demerit points, Global News reports. They could even have their cars impounded with the towing and impound fees coming out of their wallets.
The price tag for a first-time offence is $1,500 and four demerit points.
A second offence will cost $2,400, more demerit points, and a seven-day vehicle seizure starting right then and there.
As for a third offence, drivers will be getting a massive fine at the cost of $3,100.
On February 6, police Mike Hawkey Seel with the Police Service Traffic Safety Unit tweeted, “Just stopped my 4th person of the shift who was watching a video on their phone while driving. One was the rider game, all others were YouTube. All issued $2,000 fines.”
“Distracted driving is the leading cause of non-criminal death on our roads,” Seel explained.
Though there are a number of things that are considered distracted driving, including reading, putting on makeup, and using GPS systems, “The vast majority of tickets issued are to drivers caught using their phones behind the wheel,” said the news release.
According to The Police , it’s best to keep your phone out of reach to avoid using it while driving.