Canadian Distracted Driving Laws

Updated March 25, 2016

Canadian Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is becoming more and more dangerous these days.  The more we have to distract us, the more dangerous the road gets.  It is easy to become bored with a day-to-day routine because we have so much technology to stimulate us every minute of every day. Remember that we cannot let ourselves become distracted while driving.

More and more we are seeing laws to prohibit these distractions and help us stay focused on the road.  You are probably familiar with these laws in your own hometown.  Will you be moving or traveling any time soon?  Look up the distracted laws in the provinces or states that you will be visiting to ensure you are following all laws on the road.  Below is an infographic on Canadian distracted driving laws to help for your travels to Canada.

Provinces with Laws Prohibiting Distracted Driving

Most of Canada has prohibited all handheld devices and other distractions while driving.  In 2015 and beginning of 2016 even more provinces have added laws prohibiting distracted driving.  As of right now Nunavut is the only province without any distracted driving laws!  Some provinces have more laws than others, banning not only hand-held devices for texting and phone calls, but also anything that causes distractions and all carry demerit points and fines.  Click on the province for laws specific to the one you will be moving to or visiting. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Yukon, Northwest Territories

Hand-Held Device Ban in Canada

Distracted Driving with a Graduated License:

Drivers with a graduated license have more consequences or more strict laws in some provinces.  Below outlines the provinces with extra laws put in place to protect novice drivers.  Many times these laws prohibit the use of hand-held and hands-free devices so the novice drivers can be completely focused on driving safely.

Graduated License Prohibitation

Types of Distractions in Canada:

Canada is concerned as to what actions effect driving so there is also a list of actions that constitute distracted driving.  These include calls, texts, personal grooming and many more.

Types of Distraction

We all want to follow the laws and ensure we do not receive fines or demerit points, but more importantly remember to drive safely.  Distracted driving puts you and others at risk for injury, damage to your car and even death.  If you would also like to learn more about distracted driving laws in the US, please read Distracted Driving State Laws Infographic.

What do you do to make sure you have no distractions while driving?  Tell us in the comments!