A section of the Ontario cannabis legislation, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, which was passed in 2017, will affect drivers in the province starting on January 1st, 2019 according to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

Changes will apply to distracted driving to “strengthen the existing road safety laws” according to MTO officials.

Drivers who are caught talking on their phones, texting, dialing or emailing using a hand-held device, such as a cell phone and other entertainment devices will be fined up to $1000 with a three-day license suspension and three demerit points. Drivers with more than one distracted driving conviction will face a fine of up to $2000, a seven-day license suspension and six demerit points, while motorists who have been caught driving distracted more than two times will pay a fine of up to $3000 and lose their license for 30 days.

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