Texting While Driving and Cell Phone Usage

New legislation in Ontario prohibits the use of hand-held devices while driving. This includes cell phones, blackberry devices, Iphones, Ipads, PDAs or any other phone, messaging or music device while operating your motor vehicle on the roadway. Hands-free devices are allowed. You also cannot program your G.P.S. device while driving or use a laptop or netbook or book reading device.

Upon conviction, this charge carries 3 demerit points, automatic 30 day licence suspension for any novice driver (G1/G2), a set fine of $400 plus court costs, and fines up to $1,000.

It is always a good idea to look into disputing any offence. Demerits or not, there is always the possibility of an impact to your insurance rates.

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