Ontario gets tougher on distracted driving

The province of Ontario has launched a new set of traffic laws as part of its ‘Making Ontario Roads Safer Act’ aimed at changing social tolerance for distracted driving.

“If current collision trends continue, fatalities from distracted driving may exceed those from drinking and driving by 2016,” a statement from the Ministry of Transportation said.

At a news conference Tuesday, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said he hopes the new law will raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

“Research also tells us that a driver who uses a cellphone while driving is four times more likely to be involved in a crash,” Del Duca said.

“We all know that drinking and driving has become unacceptable in our society, and we need to make sure that the same thing happens with distracted driving.” Here is a direct video link.

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