It's going to get much more expensive to get caught using, or even seeing, your phone or other device while driving in Ontario.
Faced with a continued rise in distracted driving, the province is hiking fines from the current $155 ($125 plus victim surcharge and court costs) to $280 ($225 plus surcharge and costs).
You'll get nailed simply for having the screen of your phone or other device such as a tablet visible to you while driving.
"We've seen a lack of compliance," Toronto traffic officer Const. Clint Stibbe told CBC News.
Stibbe said he's seen drivers not just with phones to their ears but also texting with two hands while holding the steering wheel with their knees.
"We're seeing fatalities that are directly attributed to the use of a cellphone," he said. "It's an ongoing problem and it is taking lives."
The penalties, which take effect March 18, do not apply to drivers using GPS navigation systems, which are increasingly common in vehicles.Read More »from Ontario hiking fine for drivers using electronic devices as problem grows