Talking on a cellphone while driving can be hard to resist, but if you do, you are breaking the law and could be fined. To respect the law and avoid problems, you have other options when using a cellphone behind the wheel.
What Is Not Allowed
You may not drive while using a hand-held cellphone.
“Using” a cellphone doesn’t just mean talking on the phone. For example, you could be breaking the law if you are holding a cellphone and
- send a text message,
- dial a number,
- look up a route or
- even check the time.
Careful! Some judges have decided that simply using your cellphone while holding it between your shoulder and your ear, or putting it on your lap, is an offence.
What Is at Risk
To Avoid Problems
To avoid getting demerit points or a fine, wait until you’re completely parked before using your cellphone. Using your phone while stopped at a red light or stalled in traffic is an offence.
You may use a hands-free phone for some functions that don’t require you to touch the phone. A hands-free system with a speaker lets you hear the traffic sounds around you. But wearing headphones or earbuds while driving is usually not allowed.
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.