Distracted driving shifts the focus of a driver from the road. It includes:
- Cell phone conversations
- Personal grooming
- Searching for music
Research shows distracted driving contributes to 25% of accidents and results in:
- Loss of life
- Serious injury
- Health expenses
- Property damage
- Higher insurance rates
The Motor Vehicle Act forbids using electronic devices while driving.
See Use of electronic devices while driving for more information.
Rules and penalties
Driver Improvement Program
The Driver Improvement Program reviews the records of experienced drivers with two or more distracted driving convictions in 12 months. The program can prohibit them from driving for 3 to 12 months.
Graduated Licensing Program rules and penalties
Graduated Licensing Program drivers face strict penalties for distracted driving. New and young drivers are:
- Less experienced
- More likely to take risks
- Frequent users of electronic devices
Graduated Licensing Program drivers with one distracted driving infraction will be:
- Considered high-risk
- Reviewed for enrolment in the Driver Improvement Program
They may receive:
- A 1 to 6 month driving prohibition
- Longer prohibitions for added infractions
Graduated Licensing Program drivers will receive a violation ticket and 4 penalty points for using an electronic device while driving. This includes hands-free devices. Drivers with 3 or more points may be referred to the Driver Improvement Program.
Novice (N) drivers who have been prohibited will re-start their 24-month novice period after they’ve been re-licensed.