Drivers in Ontario now face higher fines for distracted driving offences and for dooring cyclists.

September 22, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

I was pleased this weekend when I heard someone say that they used to text at stop signs and red lights but won't anymore since the fines went up for distracted driving. They shouldn't have been doing it in the first place, and anecdotally the increased fines seem to be having some effect in deterring the crime. As they said “$490 is a lot of money and the point will sure increase my insurance rate a lot more.”

I wrote about the changes earlier, but let’s just quickly review the changes:

  1. Dooring a cyclist - $365 and 3 points
  2. Passing a cyclist with less than a metre – $110 and two demerits, fine $180 in a community safety zone
  3. Distracted driving - $490 - $1000 and 3 points with G1 and G2 drivers facing an additional 30 day licence suspension.
  4. Improper bike lights - $110
  5. Effective Jan. 1, 2016 drivers must wait for pedestrians to completely cross street at crossovers or school crossings before proceeding.



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