Talking on a cellphone while driving can be hard to resist, but if you do, you are breaking the law and could be fined. To respect the law and avoid problems, you have other options when using a cellphone behind the wheel.
What Is Not Allowed
You’re not allowed to use a cellphone while driving except in these situations:
- You use a hands-free device.
- Your telephone is mounted on a bracket attached to your car.
- The screen doesn’t block your view of the road or interfere with your driving.
- The cellphone displays only information that is relevant to driving.
- You must be able to consult and operate it without interfering with your driving.
If you need earphones, you can only wear an earphone in one ear.
What Is at Risk
If the police stop you, they can give you a ticket. This means you could be fined and even get five demerit points on your driving record. This is enough to lose your probationary licence.
If it’s not the first time police stop you for using a cellphone while driving, your licence can be immediately suspended.
Important: A Quebec court has ruled that “using a cellphone” includes plugging it in to charge it — even if the cellphone is turned off at the time. Therefore, it is illegal to plug in your phone while driving.
To Avoid Problems
To avoid getting demerit points or a fine, wait until you’re completely parked before using your cellphone. Using your phone while stopped at a red light or stalled in traffic is an offence.