Driven to Distraction: Distracted Driving Fine to Increase in Ontario

On March 18th the fine for distracted driving will rise from $155 to $280 in an attempt to make drivers focus on the road.

Typing in a quick text while driving may feel innocent, but the reality is that texting can cause serious damage. According to statistics from the Canadian Automobile Association, cell phone usage is the worst offender when it comes to car accidents. More specifically, texting, or sending text messages, makes it 23 times more likely that you’ll cause a crash, and is even deadlier than drunk driving. The potential severity of distracted driving makes it surprising that the current fine is only $155, but on March 18th that’s all going to change.

Next month we will seen the fine for distracted driving in Ontario rise from $155 to $280. This fine increase of more than $100 will hopefully deter drivers from pulling out their cell phones while on the road, but many argue that a fine is not enough. According to the Globe and Mail, the provincial government is also considering using demerit points in the future in an attempt to get drivers to focus on the road.

To learn more, watch personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth discuss the impact of distracted driving on CTV Ottawa Morning Live.

Have questions about an accident you were in? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 and book a free, no obligation consultation.

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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