Jul 17, 2017
Put down the phone is a distracted driving movement in Ontario, that aims to reduce the amount of accidents caused by drivers using their cell phones while driving. Cell phone related accidents are the most common distracted driving charge and are the primary reason distracted driving collisions have doubled in the last decade, they are not the only illegal distraction.
Distracted driving can also happen when drivers are using their GPS, scrolling through playlists, eating or checking maps. If your distraction endangers other drivers or pedestrians you could face charges for careless driving.
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act considers operating handheld devices while driving illegal. Devices include cell phones, music players, GPS and other electronic devices.
Ontario law states that it’s against the law to:
It is legal to operate a hand-free device, but only to activate or deactivate the device. It is illegal to scroll, input or dial from that device.
It is also illegal to operate a device while stopped at a light.
If you are convicted on a distracted driving charge, your fine and penalty is dependent on your type of license and the amount of time you have been a driver.
Fully Licensed Drivers (Class A-G)
Graduated Licensing Program holders
No demerit points will be taken from the graduated licensing program drivers or “novice driver.”
You may be charged for Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act or the Criminal Code of Canada if your distraction endangers others. The following are the penalties and fines for Careless Driving in Ontario:
You could also be charged with dangerous driving which is a criminal offence and requires a jail term. Dangerous driving can result in a serious motor vehicle accident that causes injury or death, if you’ve been injured by a dangerous driver, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle collisions. If you have been in an accident that resulted from distracted driving you need a personal injury lawyer to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Contact one of Chown Cairns experienced Niagara Personal Injury lawyers to discuss your accident.