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 five demerits.

Demerits move a driver down levels on 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 demerits 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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