Is distracted driving illegal?
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Distracted driving is illegal in Ontario. The laws apply to the use of hand-held devices and specific screens. Hands-free or mounted devices are okay to use.
While driving, and when stopped in traffic or at a red light, it is illegal to:
- Watch a display screen (e.g., watching a video)
- Setup a GPS device (except by voice commands)
- Use a hand-held communication device to call or text (not including to call 911 in an emergency)
- Use a hand-held entertainment device (e.g., gaming console)
Although other distracting activities such as eating, smoking, or drinking are not part of Ontario’s distracted driving law, they can still cause harm on the road. Charges can still be issued for careless driving in these circumstances.