Transport Minister mulling more severe sanctions for texting/talking drivers

Quebec Transport Minister Laurent Lessard thinks that motorists have not  got the message that texting or talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous and illegal and he is considering stiffer sanctions.

Cuurently motorists face a fine of between $80 and $100 and four demerit points.

A Quebec coroner recently recommended increasing the penalty to nine demerit points.

Lessard tells the Journal de Montreal that it is time to crack down.

The newspaper reported over the weekend that there are now eight times as many people getting injured in accidents involving motorists using cellphone, than those who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.