Driver Distractions

Distracted Driving

B.C.'s law (effective January 1, 2010) makes it illegal for drivers to use hand-held cell phones and other portable electronic devices.  Among the prohibitions:

  • No operating viewing or holding hand-held cellphones or other electronic devices
  • No sending or reading emails and/or texting (e.g. BlackBerry, PDA, cell phone)
  • No operating or holding hand-held music or portable gaming devices (e.g. MP3 players, iPods)
  • No manual programming or adjusting GPS systems, whether built into the vehicle or not, while driving.  Setting must be programmed before driving
  • No viewing of a television screen

Any of the above devices can be used if the vehicle is legally parked and not impeding traffic, and to call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

In addition to the above restrictions, new drivers enrolled in the Graduated Licensing Program are prohibited from using hands-free communications devices while driving, including cell phones.

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To obtain more information or driver distraction tips visit ICBC