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.
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 “N” (New Driver) or “L” (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.
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