New stiffer penalties for distracted driving in Manitoba starts tomorrow

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Source: RCMP in Manitoba

Approximately 1000 people are charged each year by Manitoba RCMP for using a handheld electronic device while driving.

Stronger penalties come into effect Nov. 1. Using a handheld electronic device while driving will lead to a 3-day suspension. Subsequent offences within a 10-year period will lead to a 7-day suspension.

A temporary driving permit will be issued at the same time of the suspension and is valid until 11:59 pm of the following day. This allows you to get home and make alternate arrangements. Manitoba driver`s licences will be confiscated and can be picked up when the suspension is over (pick up location will be on the temporary driving permit). Out of province driver`s licences are not confiscated.