People aren't getting the message. Ontario's transportation minister says he plans to reintroduce a bill this fall that would increase the maximum fine for distracted driving to $1,000 and three demerit points.
Maybe $1000 fine and 3 demerit points will get people's attention, but I expect that some will need to be charged 2 or 3 times, before they take the hint.
I wish they'd do this in BC as well!
Maybe $1000 fine ... will get people's attention
Only if the extra revenue makes it profitable for the government to really enforce the law. Right now nobody is paying attention to the existing law because they don't believe that they will ever get caught. So far, enforcement in Ontario appears to have been a joke.
Cannot be everywhere to spot violators.
The statistics now say that "distracted" driving is the biggest killer, more than drunk driving! Drivers are yakking on the phone still and also texting!
It is not only going to be a hefty fine but points and the insurance company will eventually "fine" you with higher premiums!
Can't be done soon enough.
Enforcement does seem to be lacking, and maybe the increased fines will encourage increased enforcement.
In fairness to the police, the cop pretty much has to be in close proximity to the driver to see that they are texting, or calling. Just seeing the telltale head nods that you see when someone's reading a text, may not stand up in court, unless the phone can be seen in the driver's hand.
Someone talking on the phone is an easier matter to prove.
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