Quebecs new transport minister lobbied the federal government for criminal penalties in serious cases of distracted driving. The Northwest Territories has hiked fines for electronic distracted driving to 322 (including victim surcharge). Fatalities associated with distracted driving have increased in each of the past three years, Saskatchewan Government Insurance said, with 42 in 2016. The Department of Transportation and our law enforcement partners take distracted driving very seriously and those drivers caught using restricted electronic devices will be charged accordingly, said Transportation Minister Tom Beaulieu. A trial judge ruled in mid-January that the territorys distracted driving law was too vague (below). 2018 Canadian distracted driving news: In the Yukon Territory, tough new distracted driving fines came into effect in May 2018.
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Changes to the Highway Traffic Act are needed to increase the fines. 162 people were killed in crashes in the rcmps jurisdiction, with the overall number of deaths put at more than 173. The Yukon Department of Justice expressed its concern with the hands-free ruling and said it was reviewing the case. The peak month was January, with 322 citations. The total fine remained at 280. The leading cause of deaths remains impaired driving. Montana No bans on hand-held use, cell phone use, or text messaging for any drivers. View the reports (PDF) Texting and cell phoning behind the wheel are among the most annoying driving habits cited by Canadians, an who was Marijane? Automobile Association poll found. The BusCop enforcement sweep in which police ride metro buses to catch violators gets part of the credit. A group called the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving has rolled out a 15-part action plan to make Canadian roads less distracted. About 4,500 residents of Prince Edward Island have pledged not to text drive. Manitoba enacted its cell phone/texting law in July 2010 with updates in 20Fine: 200 plus 5 demerit points.