Are You Ready? New Driving Laws in Ontario Take Effect Today
In an attempt to make Ontario roads safer for all, a new set of driving laws take effect September 1st. Bill 31, also known as the “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act “comes with a new set of road rules and stiffer fines for distracted driving.
There are 5 key changes to traffic laws in the province that all drivers need to be aware of:
- Distracted driving: If you are caught texting, using your phone or engaging in other distracted driving actions while driving, be prepared to pay a whole lot more in fines. Starting today, those found guilty of distracted driving face fines up to $1000 plus demerit points. Drivers with G1 or G2 licenses could face license suspensions on the spot.
- Passing cyclists: Drivers now must give cyclists at least one metre of space at all times, especially when passing. Drivers who open their door into the path of a cyclist could face fines from $300 to $1000 plus 3 demerit points.
- Pedestrian crossovers: Drivers must now wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the street at crossovers and school crossings before proceeding.
- Alcohol and drugs: A law that has been in the works for some time now, drivers caught driving under the influence of drugs will face the same penalties as drunk drivers. Penalties include between a 3 and 90 day driver’s license suspension and vehicle impairment.
- The “move over” law: Drivers are now required to slow down and move into the next lane (if possible) when they see a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights. This includes tow trucks. Failure to comply could result in a $490 fine and 3 demerit points.
Here is a chart from Ontario.ca that summarizes the new laws and how they differ from the previous road rules:
Making adjustments to your driving habits is imperative to avoid new fines and to help make our roads safe for everyone. Gem Limo takes pride in being a safe and reliable limousine company in Ontario. Our drivers are fully aware of the new driving laws and look forward to driving you to your destination safely.