You could be charged with distracted driving if you are found operating your vehicle while operating any of the following devices;
- a phone or other hand-held wireless communication device – you can only touch a device to call 911 in an emergency
- a hand-held electronic entertainment device (tablet or gaming console)
- any display screen viewing unrelated to driving, like watching a video
- a GPS device, unless operating through voice commands (Tip: You may view GPS screens as long as they are securely mounted or built into your vehicle dashboard.)
To avoid any concerning situations we recommend investing in a hands-free wireless devices such as an earpiece, lapel button or Bluetooth.
If you are someone who can’t help but multitask while you drive, be aware that actions such as drinking your morning coffee, eating, grooming, smoking, reading and reaching for objects, while not part of Ontario’s distracted driving law, can still lead you to be charged with careless or dangerous driving depending on the incident and officers discretion.