Take the Pledge. Leave the Phone Alone.

CAA North & East Ontario, the Ottawa Police Service, Safer Roads Ottawa, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and CTV are teaming up to shine a light on distracted driving education, awareness and enforcement with the Leave the Phone Alone campaign.  

Leave the Phone Alone reminds the public and drivers that texting and driving is not only dangerous but also illegal and urges the drivers to take the pledge and Leave the Phone Alone while they’re driving.

CLICK HERE to take the pledge NOW!

In Ontario it is against the law for drivers to talk, text, type or dial using hand-held cell phones or other hand-held communications and entertainment devices while behind the wheel, including when stopped at red lights or stop signs. 'Hands-free' use means that apart from activating or deactivating the device, it is not held during use and the driver is not physically interacting with or manipulating it. Actions such as dialing or scrolling through contacts, or manually programming a GPS device, for example, are not allowed.

For more information about Ontario’s distracted driving law can be found on the Ministry of Transportation’s website.

Between 2009 and 2013, distracted driving was the cause of 23,283 collisions causing 6463 injuries and 18 fatalities in the city of Ottawa.

Fast Facts

  • Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers
  • Drivers using hand held devices are four times more likely to be involved in a collision.
  • Driver distraction is a factor in about four million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year
  • Drivers texting while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash
  • Drivers who text or talk on cell phones are in many cases just as impaired as drunk drivers.

When you take your eyes off the road or are distracted from the primary task of driving, how much are you missing? Use this interactive driving scenario simulator to find out. distracteddriving.caa.ca