Distraction and inattention are a form of psychological impairment. This distraction occurs when a driver's mind isn't focused on driving. They lessen your ability to drive safely and alertly and increase driving risk. Distracted driving occurs when a driver’s attention is diverted away from driving because they are focused on something non-driving related.

Examples: Talking on a cell phone, texting, reading a device screen, watching videos or movies, eating/drinking, personal grooming, adjusting the GPS/radio/CD player, playing extremely loud music, and tending to kids in the back seat all qualify as distracted driving. Even talking to passengers and driving while fatigued (mentally and/or physically) are considered forms of distracted driving.  


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 Video: Tougher Distracted Driving Laws.  Time. 03:29


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In this short video, Janice Golding reports on the tougher law being put in place by the Ontario Government.   Toronto News TV visited our Driving School and conducted an interview with our in-class driving instructor SIAMAK ROSTAMIAN about distractions in the vehicles. 



Know what counts as distracted driving – and the penalties you could face for it – before you get behind the wheel.


Table:  Distracted Driving Penalities, Ontario

Drivers with A B, C, D, E, F and/or G licences, starting January 1, 2019, WILL FACE


 First Conviction

Second Conviction Within 5 Years

Third and all Subsequent
Conditions within 5 Years 


A  fine of up to


A fine of up to


A fine of up to



demerit points

demerit points

demerit points


A three-day
day driver’s 
licence suspension

A seven-day driver’s licence suspension

A 30-day
licence suspension

Penalties for novice drivers (subject to the Graduated Licensing program) will be subject to escalating sanctions:


First Conviction

Second Conviction 
within 5 Years

Third Conviction


A 30-days
licence suspension for a first conviction

A 90-day
licence suspension for a second conviction

of your 
licence and removal from the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) 


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