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OPP Gives Formal Warning For This Long Weekend And The Penalties Are Severe

Ontario's Provincial Police force is warning drivers to obey the rules or face serious consequences.

The OPP will be out in full force, cracking down on distracted drivers all weekend long. The OPP has released an official warning statement, outlining their "zero tolerance" penalties.

Police will be out in force looking for a variety of infractions, such as speeding or impaired driving. But, distracted driving is their primary focus this weekend.

“There will be zero tolerance for drivers who direct anything less than 100 per cent of their attention to driving,” the OPP says in a statement.

Right now in the province you will receive a $490 fine and have three demerit points added to your record if you’re caught using your phone behind the wheel.

Starting in January 2019, that fine will increase to $1,000. Right now, you can only be fined that amount if you receive a summons or fight the fine in court and lose.

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