Re: Trafficking in traffic tickets (April 5). Ontario recently tabled legislation that could increase its fine for distracted driving up to $1,000 and three demerit points.
In response, Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan forcibly expressed Manitoba's usual come-from-behind style of stasis leadership, saying "if Manitoba's numbers continue to be where they are, we would also consider further measures," measures presumably above Manitoba's present penalty of $200 and zero demerit points.
Don't hold your breath. Manitoba has no intention of enacting any new legislation that will upset a significant number of the voting electorate -- the many drivers being ticketed regularly for distracted-driving offences.
Ontario's newly tabled legislation illustrates logic, practicality, common sense and leadership -- not qualities our provincial government has ever demonstrated during its term in office.