Manitobans are reminded that stricter penalties for distracted driving come into force today. Infrastructure minister Ron Schuler says the growing threat of distracted driving has led the government to take important action.
Drivers will be subject to a three day roadside license suspension for the first time that they are caught using a cell phone or another hand held electronic device and a seven day suspension for a subsequent occurrence within 10 years.
Suspended drivers will also be required to surrender their licenses at the roadside.
Officers that charge a driver with careless driving will immediately notify Manitoba Public Insurance to review the driver’s record and to determine if further penalties are required.
Schuler added that by public education, legislation, and enforcement that they are working together with Manitoba Public Insurance to change the public perception and make distracted driving as socially unacceptable as impaired driving.