2013-10-23 at NOON
FILE – OPP staff Sgt. Ken Mantey holds a mobile phone during a May 2011 handheld safety blitz. While it hasn’t made any formal move, the province is considering beefing up the penalties for drivers caught talking or texting on mobile phones while driving.
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The province is considering making changes to the penalties levied against distracted drivers.
A spokesman for Transportation Minister Glen Murray says Ontario’s Liberals are looking at legislation that would deduct demerit points from motorists caught talking on a mobile phone or texting while driving.
But he says contrary to some recent media reports, there are no current plans to introduce the changes.
Ontario brought in a law banning drivers from using handheld devices in 2009.
The current penalty for drivers caught using mobile devices while driving is $155.
(Thunder Bay Television)
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