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Government Introduces New Charge And Tougher Consequences For Dangerous Driving

Ontario has stiffen penalties for dangerous driving and endangering pedestrians.

As of September 1st, 2018 - Drivers convicted of careless driving causing bodily harm or death will face fines up to $50,000, a licence suspension of up to five years and up to two years in jail. They will also get six demerit points.

"Time and time again we've seen families devastated because a loved one is hurt or killed by a dangerous driver, and the driver walks away with no more than a slap on the wrist," Minister of Transportation John Yakabuski said in a statement released Friday.

"This new charge sends a clear message that dangerous driving won't be tolerated."


The government also announced it will be toughening penalties for endangering pedestrians. Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians at crossovers, school crossings and crosswalks will be fined $1,000, up from the current level of $500, and earn four demerit points instead of three.

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