Distracted Driving

Drivers have responsibilities for the rules of the road and the use of electronic devices while behind the wheel. No call, text, post, share, email or like is worth the risk for you or the other road users.

Take the pledge to leave the phone alone while driving.

Distracted Driving Penalties

There are strong penalties in effect for distracted driving in British Columbia.

  • Each offence will include a base fine of $368 and will add 4 penalty points to your driving record.
  • If you have 4 or more points at the end of a 12-month period, you'll need to pay a driver penalty point (DPP) premium.

Read more about the penalties here.

Avoid Being Distracted

Plan ahead:

    • Program your navigation for directions before you start driving and use audio instructions rather than looking at a screen.
    • Turn your phone to silent or set it to automatically enter "driving mode" or "do not disturb while driving".
    • Avoid multi-tasking. Make time at home to eat meals or comb your hair.

Learn the rules of the road:

    • Keep your hands free by using Bluetooth, a wired headset or a speakerphone.
    • Don't use your cellphone at a red light.

More tips on how to focus on the road can be found here.

Distracting Driving Facts

  • On average, 77 people die every year from crashes where distracted driving is a contributor.
  • You're 3.6 times more likely to crash if you're on your phone.

Learn more facts here.