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You must always drive with care, attention and reasonable consideration for other road users. It is illegal for you, or any of your passengers, to perform stunts or other activities that distract, startle or interfere with other road users.
In 2011, driver inattention and driver distraction contributed to 33% of all collisions, and 32% of all injuries and fatalities.
Doing two things at once isn't such a big deal. We do it all the time - walking and talking, jogging and listening to music, or singing and dancing.
However, driving requires you to do more than two things at once - steering, braking, shifting gears and watching for traffic all occur at the same time. When you add distractions like eating, grooming, talking or texting on cellphones, the results can be disastrous. Drivers should devote their full attention to driving.
Some of the most common driver distractions include persons, objects or events outside the vehicle, distraction from passengers, looking for or at something in the vehicle, adjusting radio, climate or vehicle controls, smoking and eating or drinking.
Deliberately creating loud and unnecessary noise with a motor vehicle is not permitted.
Using a hand-held cellphone while driving is prohibited in Saskatchewan for:
- making or receiving phone calls
- sending, receiving or reading text messages
- sending, receiving or reading emails
- surfing the Internet
- using 10-4 "push to talk" technology
Note: Hands-free cellphone devices are also prohibited for drivers in the Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) program.
Hands-free use of cellphones while driving is allowed for experienced drivers1, including:
- devices that clip to the visor
- headsets, either wired or wireless
- voice-activated devices
- devices built into the vehicle, such as OnStar or those with Bluetooth technology
- Bluetooth ear pieces
- one-touch activication of a speakerphone feature on a cellphone placed within easy reach
- making 9-1-1 calls on cellphones while driving for both new and experienced drivers
- making a call on a cellphone when parked on the side of the road, for both new and experienced drivers
- Experienced drivers are drivers who are not in the GDL program.