Penalties for impaired driving under the new laws

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Toronto Police say that in 2018, 1116 people were arrested for impaired driving related offences.

And now, impaired drivers will be impacted by new legislation that came into effect this week.

As of January 1, those who are caught using a hand-held device, such as a cell phone, while driving will be fined up to $1,000.

According to the federal government, impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. In 2017, there were more than 69,000 impaired driving incidents reported by the police, including almost 3,500 drug-impaired driving incidents.

Impaired driving laws/Department of Justice

With files from Kayla Gladysz and Ainsley Smith

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