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New Legislation

Last fall I wrote about new potential laws on graduated licensing and hand-held devices. It looks like those proposed laws are about to become a reality

New Legislation to better protect young drivers.

Under the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s announcement yesterday drivers under the age of 21 would require a zero-blood alcohol level. Under the Road Safety Act other changes included higher fines for serious highway offences (i.e. running a red light or failing to remain at the scene of a collision) and immediate impoundment of a vehicle if the driver is impaired.

The proposed legislation that limited the number of individuals in a car with a young driver was dropped. However, the government may lengthen the required time under the graduated licensing system (from a minimum of 20 months under a certified driving school to a minimum of 36 months).

The full release can be found here.

Eyes on The Road and Hands on the wheel

A second bill went though its third reading on April 22nd, the bill that would restrict the use of hand-held devices. Under the new legislation individuals will not be able to talk, text or email while driving, unless using a hands free device.

The full release can be found here.