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Ontario drivers to face higher fines for distracted driving Add to ...

Fines will soon be boosted by more than $100 for Ontario motorists caught driving while distracted by a cellphone or other electronic devices.

The current fine for distracted driving is $155 including surcharges, but it will jump to $280 on March 18.

This is the first time the fine amount has increased since the ban on handheld devices came into effect in October 2009.

There are no demerit points and police do not confiscate handheld devices.

However, the provincial government has said it is considering using demerit points as a penalty for distracted drivers.

The law makes it illegal for people to hold a cellphone or other device while driving, but drivers are allowed to use a handheld device to call 911 in an emergency or if they are lawfully parked.

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