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Retirees and Driving

Posted in Retiree News, Retirees, and Unifor Local 88

As retired workers, we spend more time in our vehicles.
With the new driving laws now in effect, here are a few tips, courtesy of Finch Chevrolet in London..

Distracted Driving

Know what counts as distracted driving – and the penalties you could face for it – before you get behind the wheel.

Your friends here at Finch Chevrolet wanted to take a minute to let you know about Ontario’s new Distracted Driving laws and the substantial penalties that come along with them.

Drivers convicted of Distracted Driving under the new laws will be punished with a license suspension, a hefty fine and demerit points. The severity of the punishment increases with the number of subsequent offences committed:

  • 1st Offence: 3 days suspension and a $1,000 fine.
  • 2nd Offence: 7 days suspension and a $2,000 fine.
  • 3rd Offence: 30 days suspension and a $3,000 fine.

What is Distracted Driving?

Anything that causes a driver to be less focused on the road constitutes Distracted Driving. This includes activities such as:

  • Simply holding an electronic device in your hands (hand-held communication while driving is against the law).
  • Using a cellular phone to talk, text, check maps or switch playlists.
  • Eating (there may not be a license suspension, but the police warn you could be fined or given 6 demerits depending on the food).
  • Reading books, documents or maps.
  • Typing a destination into your GPS.

Contrary to what most people assume, Distracted Driving is not limited simply to the use of electronics. Doing any of the aforementioned activities while behind the wheel – even if you’re on the highway or stopped at a red light – makes you guilty of Distracted Driving.