To Combat Texting While Driving, Ontario Raises Fine to $280

by Knowlton Thomas

In an effort to combat texting while driving, the Province on Ontario is steeply raising fines.

Previously $155, the new fine will clock in at $280 as of March 15.

“Distracted driving is one of the fastest-growing causes of death,” Transportation Minister Glen Murray told reporters this week. “We are looking at legislative and regulatory options.”

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, drivers talking or texting on their smartphones are now causing more deaths than drunk drivers in Ontario.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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