-West Shore, Traffic Services
Anytime you are holding your device in your hand, or when you are taking your eyes off of the road to manipulate buttons on that device, it is considered using the device and is subject to a $368 fine under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Using an electronic device includes:
(only required to be doing one of these actions to commit an offence)
- holding the device in your hand
- operating one of its functions (i.e. press buttons)
- talking on the device
- watching the device
- using earbuds/pieces to listen to music
What is an “electronic device” ?
Cell phones, smartphones and other hand-held devices that have telephone capabilities and on which you can send text messages or emails
- iPods and other music players
- GPS systems
- hand microphones
- other handheld electronic devices
“It is an unfortunate habit for some drivers to constantly check their phones while driving,” says Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP. “Some drivers may believe they are being cautious and sneaky while doing it, but the reality is that sooner than later they will face the consequences of their actions – whether by receiving a hefty fine from police or worse; by causing a collision.”
Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.