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Don’t be this guy — it could soon cost you more than that iPhone. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

$1,000 tickets for distracted driving, $500 for biking without a light and other laws to hit Ontario streets

Drivers who text behind the wheel, who “door” passing cyclists or drive stoned will face much stiffer fines under a new Ontario law that increases fines for some offences up to $1,000.

The law passed third reading Tuesday morning and will soon be signed into law. Its distracted driving penalties are now some of the toughest in the world, but the bill also cracks down on how drivers interact with cyclists. It also allows cities to build more types of bike lanes and it imposes tough fines on cyclists who refuse to light up their rides.

Oh, and it’s now illegal to tow a skateboard behind a vehicle.

Here are 12 things you need to know about the bill — or face hefty fines for your ignorance


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