The dangerous link between cell phones and driving is well established. Besides being a frequent source of distraction, cell phones have been found to also significantly increase the chances of an accident. For instance, a study by Sunnybrook Hospital found texting while driving to be nearly ten times more dangerous than applying makeup while driving.
Both the government and the courts in Ontario are taking an increasingly critical stance on distracted driving. Two recent events help illustrate this view, as well as point to the direction and enforcement of future laws in the area.
First, although already illegal, distracted driving in Ontario does not require, as is the case in other provinces, the deduction of demerit points. This may however be about to change. Ontario’s Minister of Transportation has stated that stiffer laws and regulations are imminent, and demerit points may well be within the package of anti-distracted driving measures being introduced in the near future.*
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