Distracted driving is a leading cause of collision fatalities in B.C. In 2010, new legislation came into effect banning the use of personal electronic devices while driving.

Distracted driving is preventable. Make sure to:

  • leave your phone alone and minimize potential distractions before you head out on the road.
  • plan your route and secure your pets.
  • keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.

Under the Motor Vehicle Act, drivers cannot:

  • send or read text messages or e-mails
  • make or receive calls unless using hands-free device
  • hold or operate any electronic device
  • operate hand-held OR hands-free cellphones if a learner or novice driver (in GLP)

What is an "electronic device" ?

  • cell phones, Blackberry, 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
  • televisions
  • other handheld electronic devices

New distracted driving penalties were introduced as of June 1, 2016 with increased fines, penalty points and possible driving prohibitions for repeat offenders.

  • The base fine has increased to $368 (from $167)
  • The penalty points per infraction is four (increased from 3)
  • Financial penalties increase significantly for repeat offenders.

Learn more about the rules and penalties for External link, opens in a new windowdistracted driving.