A study from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute about cellphone distraction while driving reported that drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be in a collision than those who don’t. Talking on a cellphone makes the driver 3 to 6 times more likely to be in a collision.
Rules in the vehicle
That’s why the vehicle must be safely stopped on the side of the road and in park before using your hand-held cellphone.
- New drivers - those in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program - are not able to use, hold, view or manipulate any type of cellphone while driving. Using a cellphone's 10-4 'push to talk' technology (similar to a walkie-talkie) is also prohibited.
- Experienced drivers - those not in GDL - are allowed to use hands-free devices, although for optimal safety we recommend they pull over when taking or making a call.
Not impacted by cellphone legislation
Electronic devices that are not cellphones, including but not limited to:
- CB radios
- 2-way radios
- MP3 players/iPods
- satellite radio
Note: Law enforcement still has the ability to charge distracted drivers with driving without due care and attention if they are putting themselves or other road users at risk.
Penalties and legislation
The penalty for holding, using, viewing or manipulating a cellphone while driving is $280 (which includes a victims' surcharge of $60) and 4 demerit points under the Safe Driver Recognition and the Driver Improvement Program.
Second and subsequent offences of holding, using, viewing or manipulating a wireless communication device while driving, in a 1-year period, will result in a 7-day vehicle impoundment.
SGI administers this law under The Traffic Safety Act.
Police, fire and emergency medical services personnel are permitted to use hand-held cellphones in the performance of their duties.
1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744) ext. 6042