As of September 1, 2015 the fines and penalties for distracted driving have increased.
If convicted of distracted driving, a fully licenced driver (holder of Class A, B, C, D, E, F, G) or a hybrid driver (holder of a full-class licence and a novice licence such as Class G and M1) will receive:
• 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 licence suspension
• second occurrence will result in 90-day licence suspension
• licence cancellation and removal from the Graduated Licensing System for a third occurrence
Novice drivers will not be subject to demerit points.
If you endanger others because of any distraction, including both hand-held and hands-free devices, you can also be charged with careless driving. If convicted, you will automatically receive:
• six demerit points
• fines up to $2,000 and/or
• a jail term of six months
• up to two-year licence suspension
You can even be charged with dangerous driving (a criminal offence), with jail terms of up to five years.
Do not plead guilty. Consult a Brampton criminal lawyer to fight your charges. A Criminal lawyer Brampton can raise a defense for your distracted driving related charges.
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