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How to Fight a Distracted Driving Ticket

It’s tempting to start multitasking, doing work, responding to emails or playing a game while in the car driving, but you could be setting yourself up for a distracted driving ticket.

Over the past few years, police officers have been cracking down on distracted driving and the Ontario Provincial Police claim that it now kills more people than drunk driving and speeding combined.

Most of us would never consider driving drunk, although the majority of us, at some point have engaged in distracting behaviour. Courts and police officers are less forgiving these days with drivers who do not pay attention to the road.

If you have been issued a distracted driving ticket, a lawyer or professional can assist you by:

• Filing the ticket with the court;
• Obtaining a court date;
• Reviewing evidence;
• Building a defense strategy;
• Preparing for trial;
• Courtroom Representation.

A distracted driving ticket can cause fines, demerit points and the suspension of your driving privileges. A lawyer or professional has the knowledge and experience to help keep your driving record clean.
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Despite Legislation Distracted Driving Remains Common

If you are tempted to use your phone behind the wheel, you aren’t alone. A recent poll found that 90 per cent of Canadian drivers admitted to engaging in some kind of driving distraction, but a distracted driving ticket will cost you money or possibly worse.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Distractions can include:
  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone
  • Using a navigating system
In addition to a fine that you will receive if convicted of distracted driving, you may also be looking at losing demerit points and having your insurance rates go up. You may even face losing your license.

Lawyers that Fight for You

If you have been issued a distracted driving ticket, don’t plead guilty. An experienced lawyer can answer the following questions:
  • How many demerit points you may lose
  • The success rate of your particular ticket
  • How the ticket will affect your insurance rates
With legal representation, it may be possible to reduce a distracted driving ticket or get it dismissed. A lawyer aims to keep your driving record as clean as possible and keep you on the road.
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