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.
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