Question : My daughter has a G2 licence and she just received a $490.00 ticket for using her cell phone while driving. Along with the fine, I know that charge carries 3 demerit points. Is there anything else I need to know about this charge before deciding if we should fight it?

 

Answer : A cell phone charge is a violation of Section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act:

 

No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway while holding or using a hand-held wireless communication device or other prescribed device that is capable of receiving or transmitting telephone communications, electronic data, mail or text messages.

 

A driver with a full G licence will receive 3 demerit points if convicted of this offence. However, in your daughter’s case, because she is a novice driver with a G2 licence, she will not receive demerit points for this offence. Instead, she will be subject to a 30 day licence suspension with a first conviction. A second cell phone charge conviction will subject her to a 60 day licence suspension.

 

A cell phone charge has serious penalties for a G2 driver. Not only is there a fine and possible licence suspension, it may have serious effects on insurance rates. It is in your daughter’s best interest to speak with a professional paralegal about the details of the case. Please call our office to discuss her charge.

 

Have You Been Charged With Cell Phone Use Or Distracted Driving In Ontario?

 

If you’ve been charged with distracted driving in Ontario you should contact us as soon as possible. We have skill and experience in helping drivers just like you respond to accusations of cell phone use while driving or distracted driving and provide free, confidential consultations to empower you to fight your charges. We help drivers throughout Ontario including CambridgeGeorgetownLondonWindsor and from our home office in KitchenerContact us online or call us directly at 1.844.647.6869 or text us a copy of your ticket to 226-240-2480.