As of January 1st, some traffic fines have been increased in a hope to deter dangerous driving on our roadways.
The increases are as follows:
• failure to stop at a red light - the maximum fine will increase from $500 to $1,000
• failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to ensure passengers under 16 are properly secured - the maximum fine will increase from $500 to $1,000
• careless driving and failure to remain at the scene of a collision - the maximum fine will increase from $1,000 to $2,000. Other existing maximum penalties for these offences will remain, including a two-year licence suspension and six-month jail term.
An increase in fines will also apply to motorists who don’t stop or pull over for emergency vehicles.
• first offence: a maximum fine of $2,000, three demerit points plus a possible two-year licence suspension -- up from the current maximum penalty of a $500 fine.
• subsequent offences (within five years): a maximum fine of $4,000 fine, three demerit points, a two-year driver's licence suspension and a six-month prison sentence - up from the current maximum penalty of a $500 fine.
Durham Regional Police would like to remind all motorists to drive with respect and obey all rules of the road.
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