Distracted driving is on the rise in Ontario. According to a new study released by Aviva Canada, distracted driving in Ontario has climbed by 12% from 2016 to 2018.
New distracted driving laws are expected to help combat the increase. As part of Bill 147, dubbed the “Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act”, distracted drivers now face even harsher penalties.
As of January 1st, drivers charged with distracted driving will now face a 3 day licence suspension, a $1,000 fine and 3 demerit points.
You can be charged with distracted driving for any activity that takes your attention off the road and operation of your vehicle, such as:
If you are convicted of distracted driving, you will face a licence suspension. All licence suspensions affect your insurance rate. Your insurance may even be cancelled or non-renewed by your provider. As a result, you may end up paying 25% on your car insurance.