Distracted driving and the law
According to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), eight out of every 10 collisions are caused by driver distractions, and cell phones have proven to be one of the largest distractions to drivers.
In Ontario it’s now illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices. The law also prohibits drivers from viewing display screens while driving, such as laptops or DVD players, that are unrelated to driving.
Global positioning systems (GPS), Bluetooth devices and MP3 players (iPods) are permitted.
The fines for this offense range from $125 to $500, depending on whether or not it goes to court.
For safety’s sake, don’t use your cell phone while driving. If you need to make a call, stop your car safely away from traffic before picking up the phone.
Contact the staff at our local office for more safety tips.