Date: July 16, 2019

Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 29. Humidex 37. UV index 7 or high.


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Distracted Driving

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, March 17, 2017 1:54 PM

If you are not paying attention, you are putting everyone at risk. Teens already have a higher risk of motor vehicle collisions due to limited experience.

Distracted driving is anything other than focusing on driving:

  • Talking or texting on your phone
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Programming GPS
  • Reaching for a moving object
  • Applying makeup or shaving

It increases your risk of being in a collision.

Distracted Driving Behaviour Increased Crash Risk
Texting while driving 23
Reaching for a moving object 9
Talking on hand-held or hands-free phone 4
Reading 3.4
Applying makeup 3
Dialing a hand-held device 2.8

Mobile devices and the law

It is illegal to:

  • Use a hand-held cellphone, communication or entertainment device while driving
  • View display screens (DVD players, laptops, etc.) not related to driving
  • Use a hand-held device while stopped at an intersection. Drivers must be pulled over, legally stopped and not obstructing traffic to use a hand-held a mobile device.
  • Scroll through or program a GPS while driving. Devices must be pre-set before driving.

You can call 911 while driving.
The fine for using a hand-held device is $490 and 3 demerit points upon conviction. There is a minimum 30-day licence suspension for novice drivers upon conviction.


Put down the phone
Josh's Story
Drive Phone Free


Reduce Distractions
The Big Picture
Cell-phone Induced Driver Distraction
Parental Influence
Young and New Drivers
Traffic Injury Research Foundation