Distracted driving fines increase next month

Fines for distracted driving are set to nearly double.

Getting caught using a cellphone while driving can land you a 155 dollar ticket.

Next month, it increases to $280.

Ottawa Police Constable Chuck Benoit hopes the threat of a more expensive ticket will convince people to buy a handsfree system or to pull over if they need to make a call.

The increase goes into effect March 18th.

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  1. Bobby posted on 02/25/2014 08:07 AM This comment was edited by a moderator at 08:31 AM on 02/25/2014
    OMG, another spin by Kathleen Wynne liberals to distract us all from real issues. Counting calories on menus? You gotta be kidding Wynne? What about the 272 Billion debt issue? or maybe the 11.8B deficits your government is running. Job losses, high hydro bills, failing medical care system?

    Please shoot me now if this is as best as it's going to get? With Tim Hudak failing us conservatives again, tossing his voters like flies with another ridiculous plan on killing the auto sector in Ontario.Hudak must want the liberals to win? God help Ontario. A dead duck in the water. All because of bad policies decisions by thieving corrupt politicians who only care if they going to be elected again for their own personal pension strategy.
  2. LyseS posted on 02/25/2014 09:08 AM
    I don't believe that a fine alone will deter distracted drivers at all as they continue to text eventhough you look at them or try to ask them to stop texting or talking on their phone. Some react in anger when you try to let them know that they are putting other people's lives in danger, or simply pretend to ignore you. The only deterrent is to administer penalties for careless driving with six demerit points plus a financial fine. To those who practice distracted driving I say: it will be too late to cry after you've killed someone due to your distracted driving."
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