Steve Rastin, Barrie personal injury lawyer, welcomes changes to the Highway Traffic Act which target distracted drivers. He tells AdvocateDaily.com that though the rate of serious accidents is on the decline, distracted driving accidents are the exception, with distracted driving now being the leading cause of road accidents and fatalities in Ontario.
The offence of “driving while a display screen is visible to the driver, or driving while holding a hand-held wireless communication device or similar device” will see increased penalties in the Act, with fines now ranging from $500 to a maximum of $3,000. Driver’s licence suspensions for anywhere between three and 30 days will also be part of the Act.
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