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Distracted driving penalties

Highway sign warns motorists not to text. Stock photo by Getty Images

As Canadians become increasingly tied to cellphones, tablets and other electronic gadgets, distracted driving has become a serious danger on our roads.

Drivers using a cellphone are four times more likely to crash, and distracted driving is a factor in about four million car crashes in North America every year. In some areas, distracted driving has surpassed impaired driving as the leading cause of automotive fatalities.

Accordingly, every Canadian province and territory except Nunavut now has distracted driving laws on the books, laying out fines and demerit points.

Every law forbids using hand-held devices while driving, although some have further provisions for graduating drivers and hands-free devices.

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Distracted driving statistics and prevention tips 

Laws, tips and tools from the RCMP