Canada continues to crack down on distracted driving. All provinces and territories (aside from Nunavut) have some form of distracted driving-related legislation in place with consequences varying from fines to fines and demerit points. And these penalties are getting tougher.
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Nova Scotia and Ontario are leading the way when it comes to increasing penalties for drivers caught using hand-held devices in an effort to further deter drivers from picking up the phone while driving. Distracted driving is quickly becoming the number one killer on the roads. Studies show that drivers who take their eyes off the road for two seconds double their chances of crashing, while drivers using a cellphone quadruple their chances. Will tougher penalties help solve the problem?
Distracted Driving Laws Across Canada
Here's how distracted driving laws compare across the country.
|British Columbia||$167 fine and 3 demerit points||RoadSafetyBC|
|Alberta||$287 fine and 3 demerit points||Alberta Transportation|
|Saskatchewan||$280 fine and 4 demerit points||Saskatchewan Government Insurance|
|Manitoba||$200 fine and 5 demerit points||Manitoba Public Insurance|
|Ontario||$490 to $1,000 fine plus 3 demerit points upon conviction||Ministry of Transportation|
|Quebec||Fine of $115 plus 4 demerit points.||Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec|
|New Brunswick||$172.50 plus 3 demerit points||New Brunswick Public Safety|
|Nova Scotia||Fines range from $233.95 for first offence to $578.95 for a third and subsequent offence, plus 4 demerit points on all convictions||Nova Scotia Road Safety|
|Prince Edward Island||$250-$400 fine and 3 demerit points||PEI Highway Safety Division|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||Up to $400 plus four demerit points||Government Services|
|Northwest Territories||$322 fine plus 3 demerit points||Department of Transportation|
|Yukon Territories||$250 fine plus 3 demerit points||Highways and Public Works|