Cell Phones and Driving

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Talking on a cell phone or texting while driving can be hard to resist, but if you do it, you are breaking the law and could be stopped by the police. To respect the law and avoid problems, you have other options when using a cell phone behind the wheel.

Cell Phones and Driving

  • USING A CELL PHONE WHEN DRIVING TO DO ONE OF THESE THINGS:
    • talk
    • dial a telephone number or write a text message
    • check the time or read a text message
  • IF THE POLICE STOP YOU:
    • You could be fined.
    • Demerit points could be entered in your driving record.

      Even if you're driving properly!

  • HOLDING YOUR CELL PHONE WHEN YOUR CAR IS PARKED

    (Careful! Being parked is different from being stopped at a red light or in traffic.)

OR

 

  • USING A HANDS-FREE DEVICE

 Things to Think About:

  • Are you using your cell phone while driving even though it's illegal?
  • Do you think there are enough police on the roads to stop the use of cell phones while driving?
  • In your opinion, is it better to educate people rather than making dangerous behaviour illegal?
  • Using a cell phone while driving is a source of distraction. Can you think of other things that can distract you while driving (playing with the radio buttons, talking to passengers, etc.)?

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.