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Cellphone and driving, a bad mix

For many of us, cell phones have become something that we need to have constantly with us, no matter where we go.

It is crazy to think that, a few years ago, it was still possible not to be reachable everywhere and all the time. Today, we have this obsession that everyone needs to be reachable. Therefore, even while driving, it is sometimes difficult for us not to take a look at our phone’s screen.

Yet we have irrefutable proof that these 30 seconds of seemingly harmless distraction have already destroyed many lives. Statistics speak for themselves.

We need to understand that we will not be able to rewind the film once the worst has happened, so we should be totally committed to not using our cell phone while driving.

Of course, we are allowed to use it in some cases, but let’s remember that the line is sometimes very thin between “having the right” and “not having the right” so it may be better to refrain completely.

What is permitted

It is possible to use the cellphone if it is installed on a support attached to the car and the screen does not prevent driving or seeing the road.  The phone should display only information relevant to driving and it can be viewed and operated only if it does not interfere with driving.

What is prohibited

  • Making a call or receiving a call
  • Reading or sending a text message
  • Consulting one’s agenda
  • Checking the time
  • Checking one’s news feed on Facebook
  • Selecting a playlist
  • Surfing the Web

Sanctions

  • A fine ranging from $300 to $600
  • 5 demerit points entered in the driver’s record
  • Immediate licence suspension of 3 to 30 days in the case of repeat offences.

 


Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Source : Inspired by the SAAQ Website