02/25/2014 08:08 EST | Updated 04/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Distracted Driving Fines In Ontario Jump To $280

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The fine for distracted driving in Ontario will soon nearly double.

As of March 18, driving with the display screen of a phone, computer, MP3 player or tablet visible to the driver will jump to $280 from $155. The total includes a $25 victim surcharge and $5 court costs.

Last week Ontario chief justice Annemarie Bonkalo signed a judicial order approving the new fines.

The fines will not apply to GPS screens.

A ticket for distracted driving does not come with demerit points, although drivers could also face a dangerous driving charge, which includes six demerit points.

The Ontario Provincial Police estimate distracted driving is a factor in up to 30 to 50 per cent of accidents in Ontario.

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