Toronto is like every other big city in the world. It can be overwhelming to drive among the many skyscrapers, and intimidating to navigate unknown streets among what appeared to be very aggressive drivers. If you are new to Toronto, it will take you some time to get used to the traffic patterns, how the streets are laid out, and finding the quickest route to often traveled destinations. Just like every other city in the world Toronto has its own rules of conduct for the road, and if you going to be spending time here, it might help them familiarize yourself with the local laws.
Seat Belts And Licensing In Toronto
As a general rule, most countries follow the same basic rules of the road, that might exist in your home country. As a general rule while you are in a vehicle, seatbelts must be worn at all times. This also includes children, whether on their own, or in a baby seat, as well as all adults. Seat occupancy is to be kept to what it is supposed to be, and exceeding seat occupancy will not be tolerated.
It is also required that a driver always has their driving license on them. This is thought to be essential for not only proving that you are allowed to drive, but also as a registered identification. If you’re pulled over by the police and you do not have a valid license, your car may be impounded and you will be detained until your identity can be ascertained.
Road Way Lines
All major roads in and around Toronto, have clearly marked lines and arrows. These are in place for an important reason, to direct traffic in the direction they are supposed to go. Drivers should be aware of what the lines indicate, and should abide by them at all times. Drivers are expected to stay in the slow lane unless passing. This is not only a rule, but is also an expected courtesy that should help avoid road rage and needless accidents.
Ban On Distracted Drivers With Handheld Devices
There has been a ban on handheld devices while driving in Toronto since late October of 2009. It was not until 2010 that the lease began issuing tickets for anyone using a handheld device while driving. The penalty for this violation is $155, and can lead to demerit points being issued against your license. Permanent residents are aware that too many demerit points can raise their insurance rates, so it just makes sense to leave the phone off while driving.
Alcohol Tolerance Laws In Toronto
The rules regarding alcohol and driving have changed considerably since 2010. It is now illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle without a blood alcohol level of zero. For those over the age of 21 if you have a blood alcohol level over .08, your vehicle can be impounded for seven days and you will be spending time in jail for impaired driving. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer the penalties can be higher. So make sure you have a designated driver if you plan to drink.