Starting tomorrow, a few new laws are added to the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act. Here’s a rundown of all the new rules of the road in Ontario, pay attention or you’ll get dinged!
1) The “Move Over” Rule – Currently there is a law in place that vehicles must slow down/move to another lane if they see an emergency vehicle parked on the shoulder of a highway. This law now applies to tow trucks as well, and cars must slow down/move over if they see a tow truck stopped.
2) Increase fines for distracted driving – If you get caught driving while using your cell phone or another electronic device, you will get fined the new minimum of $490 plus lose 3 demerit points. If you are caught 3 times, your license will suspended.
3) Passing Cyclists – A new law is in place that vehicles must leave a minimum of 1 meter of space when passing cyclists on the road. Opening your car door in the path of an oncoming cyclist will be met with a $1,000 fine.
4) Pedestrians– Starting in January 2016, drivers will have to wait for pedestrians to FINISH crossing the road before making a turn.
5) Drugs That Mirror Alcohol – Starting in Fall 2016, there will be major penalties for drivers caught driving under the influence of drugs that “mirror” the effects of alcohol
Remember these new rules and you should be good to go! Drive safe out there Hamilton!