Over $1000 fines for driver breaking rules of the road in Burlington


Published July 6, 2024 at 11:16 am

Over $1000 fines for driver texting, improper child restraint, no proof of license

A driver will have to pay over a thousand dollars in fines after being caught by police breaking several road and safety rules in Burlington.

Halton Regional Police say a person driving a pickup truck was stopped today around 9:30 a.m. near Belvenia Road.

The driver, who was on a coffee run, reportedly failed to notice the officer conducting speed enforcement because they were distracted by texting on their phone.

Police say a child was also in the truck’s front seat without a booster seat, which is required by law.

In addition, the driver appeared to be unlicensed in Ontario and was not able to provide proof of a valid driver’s license.

Halton Police have charged the driver with fines for the following offences:

  • Texting and driving— $615
  • Child not in booster—$240
  • Failure to provide proof of valid license—$320

The hefty fine totalled $1,175. However, Halton police have not confirmed whether the driver received demerit points or a driving suspension.

In Ontario, along with fines, distracted driving penalties include:

  • Three demerit points
  • Three-day license suspension

According to the Ministry of Transportation, demerit points for cell phone or distracted driving offences remain on your driving record for two years from the offence date, and convictions stay on your record for three years from the date of conviction.

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