Stiff new Ontario driving laws have been proposed for careless driving. If they pass, anyone who injures or kills someone due to careless driving could face penalties that are even harsher than those required for drunk driving right now.
The Ontario government plans on amending the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to include increased protection for pedestrians and cyclists. Right now if you crash your vehicle into a pedestrian or cyclist you’ll pay a $2,000 fine and you may spend up to six months in jail.
If the new amendments to the HTA pass, six months in jail will look like a walk in the park.
Say goodbye to the $2,000 fine
The proposed fine for careless driving causing injury or death is a maximum of $50,000. That means you’d pay more for making the choice to drive recklessly than you would if you were purchasing a new vehicle.
You’ll also receive a five-year driver’s license suspension and the possibility of two years in jail.
Distracted drivers will face stiffer fines too
For the first time in Canada, distracted drivers in Ontario will face a driver’s license suspension of three days. They will also pay a maximum of $1,000 in fines for a first offense and more if they continue to drive while distracted.
You might not want to skip that yield
If you are driving and you don’t bother to yield to pedestrians, you could pay a stiff fine too. Drivers who fail to yield will pay up to a maximum of $1,000 and receive four demerit points on their license.
The changes to the Ontario HTA include harsher fines for anyone making the choice to drive impaired, and tough new penalties for novice drivers who don’t pay attention to Ontario’s zero tolerance policy.
The goal is to keep everyone who walks, rides, and drives on Ontario roads safe, but will these new amendments to Ontario driving laws pass? If Saskatchewan’s new impaired driving laws are any indication, Ontario drivers better pay attention: new amendments and laws like these can pass quickly.