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Province allow demerit points to be issued for distracted driving

Katie Franzios

Distracted driving fines may soon have demerit points attached and include higher penalties.

The province is introducing a legislation highlighting a number of changes to the highway traffic act Monday afternoon, including cracking down on distracted driving. The proposal includes issuing three demerit points for distracted driving. It would also increase fines for distracted driving to $300-$1,000.

Transportation Minister Glen Murray has said the province is serious about getting those behind the wheel to stop talking on the phone without a hands-free device or texting while driving.

Murray has set a priority to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the road related to distracted driving.

But that's not all the bill focuses on.

If passed, the bill would see drivers have to keep at least a one metre distance when passing cyclists on the road.

The bill will also touch upon dooring laws - when those in a parked car hit cyclists when swinging open their door.

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