The existing fines and penalties for distracted driving have increased on January 1, 2019.
If convicted, the penalty you face depends on the kind of licence you hold and how long you’ve been driving.
Distracted Drivers with A to G licences
If you have an A, B, C, D, E, F and/or G licence, you could face:
For your first conviction:
- a fine of up to $1,000
- three demerit points
- a three-day day driver’s licence suspension
If you hold a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence, and are convicted of distracted driving, you’ll face the same fines as drivers with A to G licences. But you won’t receive any demerit points.
Instead of demerit points, you’ll face longer suspensions:
- a 30-day licence suspension for a first conviction
- a 90-day licence suspension for a second conviction
- cancellation of your licence and removal from the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) for a third conviction
- to get your licence back you’d have to redo the GLS program
Stay up to date on driving laws, read more about distracted driving by visiting: Ontario.ca – Distracted driving – Know what counts as distracted driving – and the penalties you could face for it – before you get behind the wheel. (December 31, 2018)