Monday, August 31, 2015 3:00 pm ·  2 Comments
On Tuesday September 1, 2015, the provincial government is taking steps to encourage safer driving through the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act that includes stiffer fines and penalties for drivers who choose to break the law and put others at risk on our roads.
This new legislation provides five new (or amended) laws under the Highway Traffic Act, three of them beginning on September 1, 2015.
“Move Over”: The “move-over law” that serves to protect emergency workers on the side of the road will now include tow truck drivers. The fine will be $490.00 and three demerit points.
Distracted Driving: Distracted driving fines have increased a second time. A driver caught using a cell phone will be fined a minimum of $490.00 and three demerit points.
Protecting cyclists: Drivers will have to give cyclists at least one metre of room where possible when passing. In addition, a new law has been created to protect cyclists from “dooring”. If a motorist is parked and does not check before opening the door into the path of a cyclist, there will be a fine between $300 and $1000.00 as well as three demerit points.
Two of the five new laws are scheduled to take effect in 2016.
In January 2016, a new law protecting pedestrians at crosswalks and school crossings is set to take place whereby a driver will have to wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the road before making a turn.
In the Fall of 2016, there will be stiffer penalties for those caught driving under the influence of drugs that mirror impaired driving by alcohol.
Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and the police all play an integral role in ensuring our roads are the safest they can be. Please put down the cell phone, and keep your eyes on the road.