Article by CBC News
A section of the Ontario cannabis legislation, which was passed in 2017, is expected to affect drivers in the province starting on January 1, 2019, according to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
On December 12, 2017, Ontario passed Bill 174, which regulates the sale of recreational marijuana in the province, following its legalization across Canada Canada.
According to a written email from MTO officials, the distracted driving changes made under the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statue Law Amendment Act will come into effect in the new year to “strengthen the existing road safety laws.”
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.
“Safety is our top priority,” stated Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of transportation, stated in a email to CBC News on Thursday, explaining the legislation “allows the province to address unsafe driving behaviours, including careless driving and impaired driving with tough new rules and penalties that will help improve road safety.”