Fines for Distracted Driving to increase to $280.00 as of March 18, 2014

Getting caught sending a text or checking your e-mail while driving is about to get more expensive.

The base fine for distracted driving will be going up from $125 to $225, but the total amount will be $280 due to a victim surcharge.

The new fines are expected to take effect on March 18.

It’s also illegal for drivers to look at display screens, such as laptops, MP3 players, or DVD players, that are unrelated to driving.

According to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), driver distraction is a factor in more than four million crashes each year in North America and was the No. 1 cause of fatal crashes on OPP-patrolled roads in 2013.

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