N.W.T. adds licence suspensions to distracted driving legislation
No word yet on when changes will come into force
N.W.T.'s distracted driving legislation will have tougher penalties after a bill making the changes received assent last week.
The definition of "use" of a restricted electronic device, such as a cellphone, while driving will now include holding, operating or touching the device.
People caught using their cellphones while driving for the second, third and fourth time in a two-year period can now have their licences suspended for 24 hours, seven days and 30 days, respectively.
The changes also create a specific offence for driving while using a restricted electronic device in a school or construction zone, which means fines can be set higher.
There is no word yet on when these changes will come into force.