Feb. 1: Penalties for Distracted Driving to Increase

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As of Feb.1, Nova Scotians who use a hand-held device while driving will face increased fines and receive demerit points on their licences. Under the new rules, anyone convicted of using a hand-held electronic device while driving will receive four demerit points on his or her licence. There are exemptions for using a cellphone to report an emergency. (See, Cell Phone & Other Electronic Devices Compliance Centre.)