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On June 2, 2015, Ontario passed new legislation that increased the fine for distracted driving, and creates other measures to improve road safety, known as the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act.
Distracted driving is a national issue. All 10 Canadian provinces have some form of distracted driving legislation in place.
According to a recent survey by the insurance company, State Farm, a national survey of Canadian drivers revealed that 93% of Canadians felt that other motorists drive distracted, but only 56% percent believe or admitted that they drive distracted. The survey found that 30% of those polled indicated that the most dangerous road behaviour was driving distracted, followed by running a red light or stop sign (25%), aggressive driving (16%) and speeding (11%).
The new Ontario act aims to improve road safety by reducing the number of collisions, injuries and fatalities in a number of ways. The new fines and measures will come into effect over the coming months. Some highlights of the act include:
Ontario has a ban on both handheld communication and entertainment devices while driving. It seems that this also applies to devices like smartwatches (i.e. the Apple Watch), according to a recent article posted by Global News and a driver could be charged with careless driving if this device affects his or her driving behaviour.
Being injured in a car accident can be a life-changing and traumatic event. If you have been injured in an accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. It is important to know your rights and what type of compensation you may be entitled to. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation in person, by telephone or via Skype, at a time that is convenient for you.
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