Summer is upon us and the OPP is asking residents to ease up on the gas pedal, especially in residential areas. 

The Highway Traffic Act defaults all speeds on residential roadways at 50km/h, unless otherwise marked. Around the City of Kenora, there are many neighbourhoods that are marked at 40km/h for a reason.

"There are a lot of kids out playing and we're asking people to slow down. Just because the speed limit is marked 40km or defaulted to 50km doesn't mean you should be going that fast," explains Detachment Commander, Inspector Jeff Duggan with the Kenora OPP. 

Duggan adds that some drivers could be subject to charges aside from speeding. 

"If you're driving dangerously or are driving distracted you can also be fined. Put your phones away and please watch for the number of kids that are out playing on the street," he said. 

Penalties for distracted driving in Ontario are as follows: 

If you have an A, B, C, D, E, F, G and/or M licence, you’ll face bigger penalties when convicted of distracted driving:

  • First conviction:
    • a fine of $615, if settled out of court (includes a victim surcharge and the court fee)
    • a fine of up to $1,000 if a summons is received or if you fight the ticket in court and lose
    • three demerit points
    • 3-day suspension
       
  • Second conviction
    • a fine of $615, if settled out of court (includes a victim surcharge and the court fee)
    • a fine of up to $2,000 if a summons is received or if you fight the ticket in court and lose
    • six demerit points
    • 7-day suspension
       
  • Third and any further conviction(s)
    • a fine of $615, if settled out of court (includes a victim surcharge and the court fee)
    • a fine of up to $3,000 if a summons is received or if you fight the ticket in court and lose
    • six demerit points
    • 30-day suspension