Distracted driving is one of the most serious road safety issues on Ontario roadways.
In Ontario, it is illegal to use a phone or other hand-held device while driving – including while stopped at a traffic light, stop sign or when stopped in traffic for any reason.
Fines for distracted driving in Ontario are among the highest in Canada. Penalties for a first conviction can include a fine up to $1,000, three demerit points and a license suspension.
Tips to Avoid Distractions while Driving:
- Put your phone away: Before you drive, switch your phone to silent mode and put it out of reach. Do not text, use apps or read emails, and let calls go to voicemail.
- Review your route: Set the GPS and review all maps and directions.
- Prepare your kids and yourself: Make sure children have everything they need before you go – reading materials, toys, food and drink. And make sure you’re ready, too – including having all your personal grooming done before you get behind the wheel.
- Drive actively: Avoid eating or drinking and keep two hands on the wheel.
- Pull over: If you must answer your phone, pull over to safe location or use a Bluetooth device.