Blog What You Need To Know About Texting And Driving In Ontario

Feb 17, 2024

Ontario texting and driving fines, penalties and why you shouldn't do it

Man in black shirt on his phone while driving

The dangers of texting and driving cannot be overstated. Texting while driving is a serious issue on roads. It is one of the leading causes of car accidents, injuries, and deaths on roadways.

Do you need to send that text right now – when driving? While we all know the answer to this question, countless drivers still choose to text while driving and put themselves and others in danger.

Texting and driving accidents happen all the time. On any given day, no matter where you are going, you can come across another driver texting and driving.

This post will discuss the dangers of texting and driving, look at statistics, facts, fines, and laws, and answer common questions about this dangerous driving practice. This risky behaviour can also affect your car insurance quotes.

Three main takeaways about texting and driving:

  • Texting and driving entails composing, reading, and dispatching text messages or emails using your phone while operating a vehicle. It constitutes a form of distracted driving and is against the law.
  • The penalty for this offence is $615, and you may face vehicle suspension and demerits.
  • You are prohibited from using your phone while your vehicle is in motion or stationary during driving.

What's on this page:

What is texting and driving?
Texting and driving statistics 2024
Important facts about texting and driving
What is the fine for texting and driving in Ontario?
What are the dangers of texting and driving?
Why you shouldn't text while you are driving
How many deaths a year are caused by texting and driving?
What are the main reasons people text and drive?
What is being done to prevent texting and driving?
What are the best apps to prevent texting and driving?
Texting and driving FAQs

What is texting and driving?

Texting and driving is the act of writing, reading, and sending text messages or emails using your phone while driving a vehicle. It is a form of distracted driving, and it is illegal. Drivers caught texting while driving are subject to fines and demerit points.

This means you cannot use your phone when operating a vehicle. There is no sending, receiving or reading texts, checking email, or surfing the web. You could even get a ticket if you are holding your cell phone in your hand while driving, even if you are not using it. So, it’s best to put your phone away to avoid even the temptation of picking it up when behind the wheel.

Texting and driving statistics 2024

Here are some very telling statistics on accidents caused by texting and driving:

  • Canadians say texting and driving is one of the biggest threats to their safety on the road, according to CAA.
  • The National Safety Council, in 2021, found that using a mobile phone while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes annually. They also found the percentage of drivers manipulating hand-held electronic devices has increased by 127%, from 1.5% in 2012 to 3.4% in 2021.
  • Texting and driving make an accident 23 times more likely.
  • Dialing your phone increases your chances of an accident by 2.8 times.
  • 1 in 5 drivers confess to surfing the web while driving.
  • 47% of Canadians admit to typing or using voice memo to send a message while driving.
  • 33% of Canadians admit to texting and driving while stopped at a red light.
  • 26% of all crashes involve phone use.
  • Smartphones are the most common form of distraction for drivers.
  • 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% of those admitted to still doing it.
  • 25% of teens report that answer a text once or more every time they drive.
  • Texting while driving results in 400% more time with a driver’s eyes off the road.
  • 77% of adults and 55% of teen drivers believe they can easily manage to text while simultaneously navigating the road.
  • At any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.
  • Drivers are 4% more likely to get into an accident while talking on the phone and driving.
  • Drivers who used a hand-held phone increased their crash risk by 2 to 3.5 times compared to model drivers, defined as being alert, attentive, and sober.