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Ontario would increase penalties for distracted driving

Ontario's proposed new road safety law would impose tougher fines for distracted drivers also calls for new rules to protect cyclists.

Transportation Minister Glen Murray says it would raise fines for motorists who "door" cyclists and calls for a one-metre-wide berth between vehicles and bicycles.

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And drivers caught using cellphones will face three demerit points and a maximum fine of $1000 under his bill.

Murray says he looked at what works well in other jurisdictions and found clear rules for motorists and cyclists in Manhattan that ease congestion in that city — and can work here. (The Canadian Press)

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