Here in GA the law has been in effect for a couple of years now - Most people still text and drive and talk and drive. What few police we see on the roads have little time to enforce the law.We have a no cell phone use law here in Florida placed in force since 1/1/20 and I still see people passing cops on their phones with no action from the cops. The legislature that passed the law put a $30 value of a person's life, because that's the cost of the ticket. Hardly a deterrent.
From the story at that link:
"Trainers"? What is that? Like a wife-beater?Addressing his reason for releasing the footage today, PC Carson goes on: “We often see motorcycle riders wearing shorts and trainers,...
Speed limit would have been 60mph on that road. Footage was not from a police car, it was dash-cam footage from the car that hit the bike and also from the car following him.I'm also guessing the speed limit on that road is about 45MPH so if the cop had lit the car up the accident wouldn't have happened in the first place. Which doesn't surprise me in the least.
The same in FLATlorida.... It's a rare ride that I don't avoid another motorist or someone trying to merge, enter traffic or just daydreaming while operating their vehicle. It's too easy to be doing other things while driving and many motorist are DWD (driving while being distracted.).Anymore, even riding the backroads like I do, almost 3 out of 10 rides involves a driver in my lane. Heck, it just happened again two days ago.
I don’t tell my SO about most of them when I arrive home...as I’ve already made it home, so no need to worry her. But, it’s A LOT more prevalent now, than it’s ever been in my 50+ years of riding...and I don’t suppose the trend will reverse itself anytime soon.
Best thing to see while riding in Florida:The same in FLATlorida.... It's a rare ride that I don't avoid another motorist or someone trying to merge, enter traffic or just daydreaming while operating their vehicle. It's too easy to be doing other things while driving and many motorist are DWD (driving while being distracted.).
Bottom line is do not allow yourself to be a victim.
With these new increases in the severity of distracted driving insurance companies will cancel your insurance at renewal. This causes you to get new insurance at a facilities rate. In other words your cost to insure will go up by a magnitude. It is the same with impaired driving charges.In Ontario the fines and potential escalation penalties were raised last year.
a fine of $615, if settled out of court (includes a victim surcharge and the court fee)
a fine of up to $1,000 if a summons is received or if you fight the ticket in court and lose
three demerit points
More importantly, the door has been opened to make it easier to convict the offender of careless driving since it is now easier to link distracted driving to careless.
If convicted of careless driving, you may receive an additional:
six demerit points
fines up to $2,000 and/or
a jail term of six months
a licence suspension of up to two years
6 demerit points in Ontario is probably going to give you a pretty stiff increase in insurance (could more than double) and 9 will basically make you uninsurable unless you happen to also be wealthy.
There are also unmarked vehicles who have catching distracted drivers as a priority in some areas being tested. These are new, very high tech vehicles which use AI to catch drivers talking on their phones resulting in the equivalent of a red light camera for cell phone abusers.