Just in time as kids head back to school. The provincial government has introduced a new careless driving charge with harsher penalties.
As of Sept. 1st, drivers can now be convicted of careless driving causing bodily harm or death.
A conviction could come with a fine of between $2,000 and $50,000, six demerit points and a license suspension of up to five years. It could also call for as many as two years in jail.
And According to the OPP, the penalty for endangering a pedestrian has increased from $500 to $1000 and four demerit points.
Officers will be at all areas schools today and in the following weeks to make sure that drivers and pedestrians are following the rules of the road and that everyone is safe.