The OPP say distracted driving is responsible for 83 road fatalities on provincially patrolled roadways last year. That surpasses both speed and alcohol-related deaths at 75 and 46 respectively. The OPP say it will be highly focused on inattentive driving over the March Break. “By now, the majority of drivers and passengers have witnessed, had a close call or been involved in a collision with a driver who was texting, talking on their cell phone or engaged in some other form of distraction” says OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair. “Last year, the OPP responded to 8,711 crashes that were linked to driver inattention.”
If convicted of distracted driving, a fully licenced driver will receive:
- a fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee, for a total of $490 if settled out of court
- fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket
- three demerit points applied to your driver’s record
- Drivers who endanger others because of any distraction, including hand-held and hands-free devices, may still be charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act or even Dangerous Driving under the Criminal Code of Canada. Both charges carry heavy fines and penalties.