Get even tougher
Distracted driving was identified 20 years ago during the Walking Security Index project as a threat to the lives and limbs of pedestrians, and has been discussed multiple times in print, on radio and TV.
It’s ridiculous after 20 years of notice we’re still seeing distracted driving comments such as, “This is happening in morning and afternoon rush hours, nighttime, daytime, with young and old drivers.”
The consequences of being charged in 2019 were appropriate 20 years ago, and but now they’re just this side of token as bad habits deepen.
The penalty needs to fit the potential crime of injuring or killing an innocent person, and I suggest starting fines at $3,500, demerit points at seven, and licence suspensions at 60 days. With that regime, I expect distracted driving would quickly become sporadic.
Barry Wellar Ottawa