Higher fines will be coupled with more demerit points
HALIFAX , Nova Scotia—Nova Scotia is going to increase fines and add four demerit points for people convicted of using cellphones while driving as of February 1.
Currently, fines range from just over $176 for a first offence to about $350 for a third or subsequent offence.
Under amendments proclaimed by the Liberal government, fines will increase to about $234 for a first offence to $579 for a third or subsequent offence.
There are exemptions for using a cellphone to report an emergency.
Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act for using cellphones and texting while driving were tabled in November 2010 by the previous NDP government.