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Fines going up for motorists who don’t follow rules

Starting in the new year it will get more expensive for Ontariomotorists who do things like run a red light or fail to buckle up.

Starting in the new year it will get more expensive for Ontario motorists who do things like run a red light or fail to buckle up.

The maximum fine for failure to stop at a red light, failure to wear a seatbelt or ensure passengers under 16 have bucked up will double to $1,000 from $500.

Those convicted of careless driving and failure to remain at the scene of a collision could be hit with fines as high as $2,000, up from $1,000.

Drivers who fail to pull over and stop for emergency vehicles or follow fire vehicles too closely could be hit with a maximum fine of $2,000, three demerit points plus a possible two-year licence suspension. That’s up from the current maximum penalty of a $500 fine.

For subsequent offences within five years, the maximum rises to a $4,000 fine, three demerit points, a two-year driver’s licence suspension and a six-month prison sentence — up from the current maximum penalty of a $500 fine.

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