The annual road safety campaign kicks off on May 15 and runs through until May 21, 2018.
When the May long weekend finally rolls around, it’s time to fire up the barbecue and say hello to warm weather; but spring’s official welcome party has a dark side too—it is often fraught with news of heavy traffic, accidents and dangerous driving. The fact that Canada Road Safety Week kicks off the week prior to the long weekend is no coincidence.
Canada Road Safety Week runs from May 15 to May 21 this year, and is part of a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. Across the country, police will be out in force targeting high-risk driving behaviours, including distracted driving.
Distracted driving laws across Canada
While safety is the paramount incentive to not drive distracted, there are fines, demerit points and auto insurance implications to consider as well. A distracted driving ticket, for example, will affect your insurance rates for no less than three years, and that’s not including the fine for the ticket itself. Distracted driving laws in Canada vary by province, and the following chart outlines the minimum penalties for a first offence:
$543 fine and 4 demerit points
$287 fine and 3 demerit points
$280 fine and 4 demerit points
$200 fine and 5 demerit points
$490 fine and 3 demerit points
$80 fine and 4 demerit points
$172.50 fine and 3 demerit points
$233.95 fine and 4 demerit points
Prince Edward Island
$575 fine and 5 demerit points
Newfoundland & Labrador
$300 fine and 4 demerit points
$322 fine and 3 demerit points
$250 fine and 3 demerit points
Nothing is currently in place, however, this will change December, 2018.
10 tips to avoid distracted driving
Driving requires your full attention, and heeding the following tips will help you focus on the task at hand, and avoid a potential ticket:
Follow the rules of the road
During Canada Road Safety Week, you can probably count on a heavy police presence on the roads. Follow the speed limit, signal your lane changes, buckle up, put the phone away and don’t drive impaired, because it’s more than just keeping your car insurance rates low, it’s about arriving at your destination safely.