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Ontario drivers to face higher fines for distracted driving

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Fines will soon be boosted by more than $100 for Ontario motorists caught driving while distracted by a cellphone or other electronic devices.

The current fine for distracted driving is $155 including surcharges, but it will jump to $280 on March 18.

This is the first time the fine amount has increased since the ban on handheld devices came into effect in October 2009.

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There are no demerit points and police do not confiscate handheld devices.

However, the provincial government has said it is considering using demerit points as a penalty for distracted drivers.

The law makes it illegal for people to hold a cellphone or other device while driving, but drivers are allowed to use a handheld device to call 911 in an emergency or if they are lawfully parked.

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