Cellphones and Driving

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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. If you send a text message, dial a number, look up a route or just check the time, you risk being charged with an offence against the Highway Safety Code.

Careful! Some judges have decided that simply using your cellphone while holding it between your shoulder and your ear is an offence. So just leave your cellphone in your pocket!

 

Risks

The police can stop you and give you a ticket. This means you could be fined and even get four demerit points on your record. This is enough to lose your probationary licence.

 

To Avoid Problems

To avoid getting demerit points, wait until you’re completely parked before using your cellphone. You may not use your phone even when you’re stopped at a red light or caught in traffic.

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.

Important !
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.