Distracted driving happens on Ontario's roads every day. Texting and driving is one of the leading causes of collisions on highways and roads in our cities. CAA, through the Heads Up! initiative, aims to bring awareness to this growing issue.
Ontario's ban of the use of handheld devices while driving has been in effect since October 2009. Despite this ban, distracted driving has become more prevalent. In fact, if current trends persist, by 2016 distracted driving may surpass impaired driving as a factor in fatal crashes on roads.
In Ontario, it’s illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or email using cell phones and other handheld communication and entertainment devices. Effective September 1, 2015, drivers who are caught breaking the law face a minimum fine of $490 and plus 3 demerit points upon conviction.
|Demerit Points||3 points (upon conviction)|
|Novice Drivers and Graduated Licensing|| First conviction: 30-day driver's licence suspension Second conviction: 90-day driver's licence suspension Third conviction: Driver's
Novice drivers will not be subject to demerit points
Safe driving requires focus and concentration, but common distractions make it all-too-easy to lose sight of what matters most - the road. Follow these tips while in your vehicle.
According to a study conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, over one-third of licensed Ontario students in Grades 10 to 12 – an estimated 108,000 adolescent drivers – reported texting while driving at least once in the past year, while 46% of licensed students in Grade 12 reported this behaviour.
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This advice is intended to provide general information only and is not intended to provide legal or professional advice, or to be relied on in any dispute, claim, action, demand or proceeding. CAA South Central Ontario does not accept liability for any damage or injury resulting from reliance on this information.