Ontario is cracking down on some of the most persistent, dangerous driving behaviours to keep our roads safe.
Effective January 1, 2010, penalties for the following offences will be increased:
Failure to stop at a red light - the maximum fine will increase from $500 to $1,000
Failure to wear a seat belt and failure to ensure passengers under 16 are properly secured - the maximum fine will increase from $500 to $1,000
Careless driving and failure to remain at the scene of a collision - the maximum fine will increase from $1,000 to $2,000. Other existing maximum penalties for these offences will remain, including a two-year licence suspension and six-month jail term.
The following changes in penalties will be in effect for drivers who do not pull over and stop for emergency vehicles, or who follow fire vehicles too closely:
First offence: a maximum fine of $2,000, three demerit points plus a possible two-year licence suspension - up from the current maximum penalty of a $500 fine.
Subsequent offences (within five years): a maximum fine of $4,000 fine, three demerit points, a two-year driver's licence suspension and a six-month prison sentence - up from the current maximum penalty of a $500 fine.
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