Toronto criminal lawyer Graham Clark says the government’s plan to reintroduce a bill that would boost the maximum fine for distracted driving to $1,000 is by no means “draconian” and may not even go far enough as a deterrent.

“To the extent that the statistics relied upon are correct, showing distracted driving as a problem comparable to impaired driving, this bill would still leave the consequences of texting-while-driving significantly lower than impaired driving; it would remain non-criminal and be subject to a maximum fine that is actually below the minimum fine for impaired driving,” he tells

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