Road Safety

The costs of distracted driving

The financial cost

In Manitoba it’s illegal to use hand-held electronic devices, such as smartphones and cellphones, while driving.

Drivers convicted of violating this law receive a $200 fine and move five levels down the Driver Safety Rating (DSR) scale.

If other distractions cause you to violate traffic laws or end up in a collision, you can be charged with a number of offences. Those charges could be driving imprudently, dangerous driving or whatever offence the distraction caused you to commit, such as failing to obey a traffic signal.

Fines and moving down the DSR scale also apply to these offences.

The human cost

The costs of distracted driving can involve more than money. There also can be a devastating human cost:

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