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Distracted Driving

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A woman talks on her phone and holds a coffee while driving

With almost all of the population now in possession of a mobile phone, plus new digital displays options for vehicles, drivers have more distractions than ever before. Distracted driving is now considered one of the Big 4 Killers on our roadways and research show you are four times more likely to be in a collision if you are using a cellphone. But talking or texting aren't the only forms of distracted driving. Interacting with your kids or passengers, playing with the stereo, eating, drinking and grooming are all examples of distracted driving. 

If the police pull you over for distracted driving you could face a fine of $400, plus a $90 victim surcharge and court fee and three demerit points upon conviction, but fines could range up to $1,000. You could also be charged with Careless Driving, Follow too Closely, Fail to Yield and Unsafe Lane Change. If charged with one of these offences, fines can range up to $2,000 and you could lose up to six demerit points, and if you endanger others jail time or a licence suspension could apply.

Novice drivers convicted of distracted driving will have their licence suspended for 30 days upon a first conviction, 90 days on a second and cancelled after a third conviction.

For more information, please visit Ontario.ca/distracteddriving.

Remember to:

  • Pull off the roadway if you need to talk/text/email
  • Keep your phone out of sight when operating your vehicle so you won't be tempted to use it
  • Pre-program your stereo, driving routes, phone contacts, etc. into your vehicle
  • Avoid having emotional or heated discussions while driving
  • Try not to eat or drink while operating your vehicle

Emergency 9-1-1 calls can only be made if there is an immediate danger to your safety or the safety of others, such as reporting an impaired driver.