Heads up! According to the Government of Ontario, anything that causes a driver to be less focused on the road and puts them and others at risk, constitutes distracted driving. It includes using your phone to talk, text, change music or check maps while driving. Other activities like eating, reading or typing a destination in a GPS are also considered dangerous. These apply whether you’re on a highway or even stopped at a red light.
The only exceptions are to call 911 in an emergency or when the driver is lawfully parked or safely pulled off the road-which is only allowed on a 400 Series highway for an emergency.
As of Jan 1, 2019 , drivers who drive distracted will face a maximum fine of $1,000. as well as loss of 3 demerit points and a 3 day drivers licence suspension upon conviction. Penalties for repeat offenders are even greater.