Five new rules of the road, among several changes under the province’s of Canada making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, take effect in Ontario on Tuesday September 1 2015.

As of September 1, 2015 the fines and penalties for distracted driving will increase.

If convicted of distracted driving, in Ontario a fully licensed driver (holder of Class A, B, C, D, E, F, G) or a hybrid driver (holder of a full-class license and a novice license such as Class G and M1) will receive these penalties if caught:

  • a fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee, for a total of $490 if settled out of court
  • fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket
  • three demerit points applied to your driver’s record

If convicted of distracted driving, a novice driver (subject to the Graduated Licensing program) will be subject to escalating sanctions:

  • first occurrence will result in a 30-day license suspension
  • second occurrence will result in 90-day license suspension
  • license cancellation and removal from the Graduated Licensing System for a third occurrence
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