Source: Global NEWS
According to the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police), in 2016, the number of deaths related to distracted driving car accidents have exceeded the ones related to impaired driving for the first time since 2009, when distracted driving laws were introduced in Ontario. In August, the OPP investigated 38 deaths related to distracted driving and 19 deaths related to impaired driving.
Although the numbers are rising, there are no plans to increase the penalties for distracted drivers. Steven Del Duca, Ontario Transportation Minister, states this is a decision for the federal government. When asked what more could be done to avoid car accidents motivated by distracted driving, Del Duca mentioned a recent public awareness campaign launched by the provincial government and the rules that increased the fine for distracted driving to $490 and three demerit points.
Opposition parties are demanding more from the government. If you are ever involved in a car accident in Ontario (Brampton, Mississauga or Toronto), there is still hope for justice. Contact one of Brampton’s personal injury lawyers from Kalsi & Associates and discover what they can do to help your case.