The Do’s and Dont’s of Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Dominates News Headlines

Today’s news be it print, television, radio or social channels is flooded with distracted driving articles, comments and debates. Whether it’s reporting the latest collision linked to distracted driving, unbelievable stories highlighting distracted driving or the fines associated with distracted driving, gone are the days when drunk driving captured the headlines. Today it’s all about distracted driving and for good reason.

At Young Drivers of Canada we are very much aware of the challenges of keeping drivers focused when it comes to driving. With so many in car distractions and outside surrounding distractions, teaching new students to drive and control their attention on the road only can be the difference between a collision or not.

Distracted Driving Law In Ontario

Ontario’s distracted driving law deals specifically with handheld devices that are prohibited inclusive of hand-held communication devices and entertainment devices and display screens. You can find the details under section 78 of the Highway Traffic Act. What the law however, does not deal with is other factors that prohibit a driver from giving complete undivided attention to the road and the surroundings.

According to sections 78 and 78.1, the following are prohibited under current laws,

  1. Using a hand-held wireless communication devices such as a cellphone, regardless of the type.
  2. Text, dial or email
  3. Use hand-held electronic gaming devices inclusive of viewing display screens not related to a driving screen such as a DVD player.
  4. Program a GPS device unless it is by voice control.

What is permitted under the current legislation includes;

  1. Use of hands-free wireless communication that has an earpiece or Bluetooth device
  2. View GPS screens that are mounted or integrated into a vehicle.
  3. Use a hands-free MP3 player that is mounted into the vehicle.

Regardless of what can and cannot be considered as breaking the law, it is important to recognize that distractions come in all types. Whether it is a mother looking back at her child to see if everything is alright, or someone trying to find that special song on the radio by fiddling with the controls, even though both actions are very different, the result in terms of driving focus are the same. It’s distracted driving, period. Drivers need to exercise common sense and understanding, multitasking while driving is not possible.

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