The territorial government is making changes to the Motor Vehicles Act, and the Summary Convictions Regulations to increase penalties for drivers.
The Yukon government is increasing fines for distracted driving and speeding offences.
YG says as of Tuesday, changes to the Motor Vehicles Act, and Summary Convictions Regulations will go to the maximum allowed under the Motor Vehicles Act.
The changes to the fines are as follows;
|Violation||Previous Penalty||New Penalty|
|Distracted Driving||$250 and 3 demerit points||$500 and 3 demerit points|
|Less than 15km/hr over speed limit||$25 and 2 demerit points||$50 and 2 demerit points|
|15-30km/hr over speed limit||$40 and 3 demerit points||$100 and 3 demerit points|
|30-50km/hr over speed limit||$75 and 4 demerit points||$150 and 4 demerit points|
|More than 50km/hr over speed limit||$150 and 6 demerit points||$200 and 6 demerit points|
Highways and Public Works says the goal is to reduce unsafe driving in the territory and about one-thousand speeding tickets are issued in Yukon per year, and the fatal crash rate is two times the national average.