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It’s illegal to use a hand-held cellphone to talk, text, email and surf the internet while driving. As of January 1, 2017, the laws have changed there is a crack down on those not following the traffic safety laws. There is some confusion on what you can and can’t do when behind the wheel and so we hope that this post will help clarify things for you. With the strengthened cell phone legislation, drivers are prohibited from holding, viewing, using or manipulating a cell phone while driving. Hand-held mobile devices are prohibited for both new and experienced drivers. New drivers, meaning anyone in a Graduated Driver Licensing program, can’t use hands-free cellphones either. Experienced drivers can use hands-free cellphones if they are activated with voice commands or one-touch, and are dashboard, visor or cradle mounted. This is where Bolt Mobile can help – your SaskTel Mobility Dealer.
A study on distracted driving reported that drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be in a collision than those who don’t. Talking on a cellphone makes the driver 3 to 6 times more likely to be in a collision.
Rules in the vehicle
Your vehicle must be safely stopped on the side of the road and in park before using your hand-held cellphone.
- New drivers – those in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program – are not able to use, hold, view or manipulate any type of cellphone while driving. Using a cellphone’s 10-4 ‘push to talk’ technology (similar to a walkie-talkie) is also prohibited.
- Experienced drivers – those not in GDL – are allowed to use hands-free devices, although for optimal safety we recommend they pull over when taking or making a call.
Penalties and legislation
The penalty for holding, using, viewing or manipulating a cellphone while driving is $280 (which includes a victims’ surcharge of $60) and 4 demerit points under the Safe Driver Recognition and the Driver Improvement Program.
Second and subsequent offences of holding, using, viewing or manipulating a wireless communication device while driving, in a 1-year period, will result in a 7-day vehicle impoundment.
SGI administers this law under The Traffic Safety Act. An overview of Saskatchewan’s cellphone legislation can be reviewed in the legislation impact chart (pdf, 27 kb).
Police, fire and emergency medical services personnel are permitted to use hand-held cellphones in the performance of their duties.