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*Applicable only for offenses related to the Highway Safety Code
Distracted driving, particularly related to cell phone use, has been a prominent issue in recent years. But how does this offence work in practice? Section 443.1 of the Highway Safety Code makes it clear that using a cell phone or a display screen while driving is prohibited for all drivers of road vehicles and cyclists. It’s essential to note that merely holding your device in your hands is considered as using it. Activities like checking the time, unlocking your phone, or plugging it in for charging all fall under this prohibition and risk penalization.
Penalties for using a cell phone while driving
If a driver of a road vehicle uses a device in a prohibited manner, they could face a fine ranging from $300 to $600 and accumulate five demerit points for a first offence. However, the consequences become more severe in the case of a repeat offence within two years of the initial violation. In such instances, a guilty verdict for one offence under Article 443.1 results in a three-day license suspension. For two offences, the suspension extends to seven days, and for more than two offences, the suspension period reaches 30 days. Additionally, in the case of a repeat offence, the minimum fine is doubled.
What about cell phone accessories?
While cell phones are the primary distraction during driving, we must also consider the regulations regarding headphones and other cellular accessories, as outlined in Article 443.2 of the Highway Safety Code. According to this section, cyclists are prohibited from wearing earphones, and drivers of road vehicles are allowed to wear only one earphone.
What can MTL Ticket do for you?
If you have received a ticket for using a handheld device while driving, we can help! Our team of traffic ticket lawyers is well-versed in the Highway Safety Code and can help you fight your case. Upon receiving a ticket, you only have 30 days to fight your ticket, so please reach out to us immediately.
Upon reviewing the evidence against you, if there’s a viable defence, we’ll assist you in contesting the ticket to save you from fines and demerit points. Even when no defence is available, we can negotiate on your behalf to secure the best possible resolution given the circumstances. We’re here to support you.