Distracted Driving Statistics

You are 5 times more likley to crash if you use your cell phone while driving.


On average in B.C. 78 people die every year in crashes where distracted driving is a contributing factor. Distracted driving is the second-leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities in B.C.

More than 800 crashes occur every day in B.C., many of these caused by distracted driving.

Most rear-end crashes rusulting in injury are caused by distracted drivers.

Statistics coutesy of ICBC

It's not just your phone that can distract you. Distractions also includes: eating, reading, personal grooming, programming GPS system, attending to children and pets, using CB radio or other devices such as a hand held game, laptop or tablet.

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Distracted driving results in more deaths in B.C. than impaired driving

Distracted driving causes more than one quarter of all crash
fatalities in B.C.

Distracted Driving Laws

A hands-free device means a Bluetooth or wired headset or speakerphone. The device cannot be in your lap or loose on the seat beside you. The device must be securely fastened to the vehicle to be legal.

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Distracted driving includes more than using a cell phone. Anything that takes your attention from your surroundings such as; eating, applying makeup, making music selections, operating a GPS or attending to children all count as distracted driving.

New drivers are banned from using electronic devices while driving all together.

If your licence status is ā€œNā€ (New Driver) or ā€œLā€ (Learner) you cannot operate ANY electronic devices while in control of a motor vehicle including GPS systems. You may however call 911 in an emergency only if you are parked safely off of the road.

Distracted Driving Penalties




The penalty for using a hand-held device while driving is a $368 fine plus four penalty points ($175) for a total of $543.

GLP (Graduated Licensing Program)drivers who receive one ticket will have their license reviewed by the Superintendent and may face driving prohibitions.

Fully licensed drivers who receive two tickets in a year will have their license reviewed by the Superintendent and face possible three to six months prohibition. In addition to the suspension, two tickets in one year will cost you $1,256 (two fines at $368 each, plus eight penalty points at $520) and if you have points from other tickets (e.g. speeding), it will cost you even more.

Number Of Points Annual Premium
4 175
5 230
6 300
7 415

See full chart ICBC

B.C. to impose big penalties for distracted driving

What the law says in Canada

All provinces, along with Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories, have some form of cell phone or distracted driving legislation in place.

Alberta goes a step further and restricts drivers from reading printed materials, writing, and personal grooming.

Offences can result in fines and demerit points, and in some provinces, fines rise with the number of offences.

While hands-free devices are permitted by law (with the exception of novice drivers in British Columbia and Saskatchewan), drivers using these devices are still less focused on what's going on around them, and tend to react more slowly to situations.

Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
Read Use of Electronic Devices While Driving from Road Safe BC