• Distracted driving continues to claim more lives on roads in British Columbia than impaired driving.1
  • 27% of fatal crashes in BC were due to distraction.2
  • On average, 78 people still don’t make it home to their families every year because of distracted and inattentive drivers. In contrast, an average of 66 people are killed each year due to impaired driving. In fact, distraction and driver inattention is one of the top contributing factors in motor vehicle fatalities in BC and contributes to more than one quarter of all car crash deaths.3



  • In the first quarter of 2017, 2,455 distracted driving tickets were issued to drivers in Edmonton, a 57% spike over the same time last year.4
  • Distracted driving by the numbers (the number of distracted driving convictions, by year):5
              – 2011-2012 – 8,345 (September 2011 – March 2012)
              – 2012-2013 – 25,958
              – 2013-2014 – 25,913
              – 2014-2015 – 27,417
              – 2015-2016 – 27,281
  • In 2015, young drivers represented 14% of the province’s registered drivers, but made up more than 20% of the drivers involved in casualty collisions.6
  • One of the leading factors for the high rate of collisions amongst youth is distracted driving.6
  • One in five new drivers are involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.6
  • Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers.6
  • Young male drivers, age 22 to 34 years, have the highest distracted driving conviction rates.6


  • Distracted driving offences were at an all-time high in November 2017, despite the government’s attempts to toughen the laws around driving with a cellphone.7
  • In November 2017 alone, there were 636 distracted driving offences recorded in the province, 554 of which were related to cellphone use.7
  • Distracted driving is the number one factor in all collisions in the province and the second leading cause of fatal crashes next to impaired driving.8
  • There were roughly 8,300 collisions in Saskatchewan during 2016 in which distracted driving was a factor.8
  • Distracted driving continues to be the leading cause of all traffic collisions. Over the last three years, there has been a steady increase in fatalities, injuries and collisions related to distracted driving.9



  • More than 860 Manitobans are injured each year due to distracted driving, 57 of them seriously.10
  • Almost 4,800 drivers are convicted for using a hand-held electronic device while driving.10
  • One in three deaths and one in five serious injuries on Manitoba roads involve a distracted driver.10
  • Drivers having a cognitively demanding phone conversation exhibited driving skills equivalent to having a 0.07% blood-alcohol content. (Manitoba’s legal level is 0.05%).11
  • In the 2017 crackdown on distracted driving, Manitoba RCMP handed out 77% more tickets than the previous year.12


  • In Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000.13
  • One person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every half hour in Ontario.13
  • Distracted driving is one of the biggest issues on Ontario roadways today. It has surpassed impaired driving as the number one killer on the roads.14



  • 98% of adult Quebecers consider distracted driving a very serious or quite serious problem.15
  • 89% are of the opinion that Québec drivers are very often or quite often distracted.15
  • Only 9% of Québec drivers admit to being distracted at the wheel.15
  • Distracted driving is the second-most common cause of fatal collisions on Quebec highways, according to la Sûreté du Québec.16
  • Nearly one in ten fatalities last year — a total of 24 deaths — were caused by distracted driving.16
  • Around 60,000 tickets are issued every year for using a cellphone while driving.17
  • Distracted driving is the cause of a third of fatal vehicle accidents in Québec.17 


  • New Brunswick deals with more than 1200 distracted driving violations per year.
  • According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, three out of every four drivers admit to distracted driving, and chances of an accident in those cases are 23 times more likely.18
  • Crashes on New Brunswick roads killed 64 people last year (2017), including 20 people who were not using seatbelts.19
  • Overall, there were 58 fatal collisions in 2016, up from 50 the previous year.19



  • More than 140 Nova Scotians were killed or involved in a serious collision due to distracted driving in 2016, according to statistics released by RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).20



  • Drivers who use a hand-held communication device while driving could face fines ranging from $575 to $1275 and 5 demerit points upon conviction.21
  • Under the cell phone law, no one shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway while holding or using a hand-held wireless communication device that is capable of receiving or transmitting telephone communications, electronic data, email or text messages.21



  • The fine for driving distracted in Newfoundland and Labrador is between $100 to $400 and 4 demerit points.22
  • Newfoundland and Labrador deal with 1018 convictions for distracted driving, annually.22


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