If you’re new to Canada, you’re going to have to learn a lot of new things. Like learning to drive all over again. Did you know that you can get pulled over for a bunch of different things and be charged with distracted driving?
RCMP STATEMENT ON DISTRACTED DRIVING AND FATIGUED DRIVING
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) continues to remind people, both Newcomers and old stock Canadians, that you face significant penalties including fines and demerits, for distracted driving.
Read the statement here. [http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cycp-cpcj/dd-dv/index-eng.htm]
Distracted driving includes, among other things, wearing earphones, wired or otherwise.
That includes fans of Apple’s AirPods.
Distracted driving charges can be laid by RCMP and local police in every single province and territory in Canada.
We still see a lot of people actually using their cellphones to text and call while driving. This can be dangerous in and of itself, but you can also get a ticket at a full stop.
Police want drivers to keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?
Distracted driving puts everyone at risk. This include texting, eating or drinking and using the entertainment or navigation system while your vehicle is in motion.
Every time you fiddle around with your electronic devices while in your vehicle, you run the risk of hitting something.
According to transport Canada, 21% of fatal collisions and 27% of serious injury collisions were due to distracted drivers, a significant increase from just 10 short years earlier.
DISTRACTED DRIVING FINES AND PENALTIES BY PROVINCE
The legal consequences will depend on the circumstances and the province or territory where the offence took place.
In some provinces, you can be fined over CAD$500 and be penalized 4 demerit points.
You can also have your drivers license suspended.
Anywhere from CAD615.00 to CAD$3,000, plus 3 to 6 demerit points and license suspension.
CAD$368.00 for the first offence plus four points in ICBC penalty point premium.
CAD$287.00 plus three demerit points.
Insurance rates can go up to 25% after being convicted.
CAD$580.00 plus four demerit points, up to CAD2,100 for the third offence. Plus towing and impounding fees.
CAD$672.00 plus five demerit points for the first offence.
CAD300.00 to CAD$600.00 plus five demerit points.
CAD$172.50 plus three demerit points for the first offence.
CAD$233.95 for the first offence, up to CAD$578.95 plus four demerit points for the third offence.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
CAD$572.00 to CAD$1,275.00 plus four demerit points.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
CAD$100.00 to CAD$400.00 plus four demerit points.
CAD$322.00 to CAD$644.00 plus three demerit points.
HELP STOP DISTRACTED DRIVING
Don’t text and drive, even when you’re in traffic or at a stoplight.
If you absolutely must, pull over to a safe location and bring your vehicle to a complete stop.
Don’t fiddle around with your GPS system or your car stereo.
Keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Drive according to road conditions.
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