The provincial government has ushered in new distracted driving fines and penalties, effective January 1, 2019. A first conviction can lead to a fine of up to $1,000, three demerit points, and a three-day licence suspension.

A second conviction within five years would lead to a fine of up to $2,000, six demerit points, and a seven-day licence suspension. A third conviction in five years would lead to a $3,000 fine, six demerit points and a 30-day licence suspension.

Novice drivers would face the fine and 30 or 90 day licence suspensions, and possible licence cancellations – depending on the number of distracted driving convictions on-record.

In the region, local OPP detachments saw a steep increase in distracted driving fines laid in 2018, compared to 2017. Distracted driving continues to be the top cause of road deaths in Ontario.

For those travelling across the Manitoba border, Manitoba Public Insurance and the Manitoba government introduced an increase to fines and suspensions in November, which may be applied to your Ontario licence. These penalties include an automatic three day licence suspension.

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Manitoba, Ontario increasing distracted driving

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