New Penalties for Distracted Driving
Thursday 16th July 2015 10:35 (Updated: Thursday 16th July 2015 10:36)
New amendments to the Highway Safety Act
The amended Highway Safety Act increases the fine for operating a vehicle while using a handheld communication device from between $250-500 to between $500-$1200. There is also an increase in demerit points. Violators will now receive five demerit points, up from three demerit points.
Changes to the Graduated Driver Licensing Regulations will mean any new drivers in this program will have their license suspended if convicted of an offence for operating a handheld communication device while driving. There will be a 30 day driver license suspension for a first offence, and for any subsequent offence, they will lose their license for 90 days.