Changes in Ontario Driving Laws Over the Past 2 Years … An Important Refresher
On September 1st, 2015 there were a number of new driving laws that went into effect in Ontario. These laws were approved as the “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”. It’s important to know what the new laws are and how they affect you and your car insurance. So, we thought it is wise to take a few minutes and re-familiarize yourself with the driving laws below!
Driving Laws on Alcohol and Drugs
The Making Ontario Roads Safer Act added one major component as it relates to alcohol and drugs. Simply, they changed the law to give the same punishment for drug use as was previously given to drunk drivers. If you’re found with drugs in your system you could face three-day or 90-day license suspensions, as well as have your car impounded for a week.
Distracted Driving Law
Distracted driving has become one of the biggest risks on the road. While there have been distracted driving laws in effect, they are being strengthened. If you’re caught looking at your phone, texting or talking while driving you’ll get a $490 fine and three demerit points on conviction. The previous fine was just $200. Also, if you’re a driver with a G1 or G2 licence, they could be suspended immediately.
Passing Cyclists on the Road
The new law, included new information on passing a cyclist. You will need to, at the very least, provide a 1-meter gap between your car and the cyclist. Second, you will also need to be more aware of cyclists when opening your door. If you open your door without looking and a cyclist hits it, you’ll face a $365 fine and three demerit points.
“Move Over” Law
Drivers now need to slow down and move into the next lane if they spot a STOPPED emergency vehicle WITH lights flashing. Emergency vehicles include police(blue/red), fire(blue/red), ambulance (blue/red) and tow trucks (amber). If you violate this law, you’ll be hit with a $490 fine as well as three demerit points.
January: Complete Pedestrian Crossings
In January 2016, one final new driving law came into effect related to pedestrian crossings. The new law states that you must wait until pedestrians have made a COMPLETE crossing before proceeding.
These new laws, enacted by the province of Ontario are designed to make the streets safer for all Ontario residents. These new laws are quite reasonable and should be easy for all drivers to follow. Picking up demerit points is never a good idea, as it can lead to more expensive insurance. If you are currently paying lots for your car insurance, consider a quote with isure to see if we can save you money! We compare the rates of dozens of Ontario insurers to get you the best price for the best coverage!
Your Car Insurance
Too many tickets will have a big impact on your car insurance premiums. Speaking to a insurance broker can help you understand how a ticket can affect you. Best advice is to understand driving laws and follow the rules of the road.
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