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Ontario plans harsher penalties for careless drivers who hurt or kill

testCareless drivers causing death or bodily harm could get a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine, up to two years in jail and a licence suspension of up to five years.

Ontario plans a much harsher approach to careless drivers who kill or hurt people, provincial transport minister Steven Del Duca is set to announce Wednesday in Toronto.

The announcement follows a series Global News published in June about lenient sentences being given to drivers who kill.

The proposed changes would create a new offence of careless driving causing death or bodily harm which carries with it a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine, up to two years in jail and a licence suspension of up to five years.

The proposed law will also:

  • Increase fines and demerit points, and introduce license suspensions, for distracted drivers. Punishments would increase with repeated offences, with third (and subsequent) offences drawing a 30-day licence suspension.
  • Increase fines for failing to yield to a pedestrian
  • Double the maximum fine for most traffic offences from $500 to $1,000

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