Truck driver being distracted while driving

About Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a leading cause of driving-related deaths in Ontario. According to the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) data, one person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every half hour.

Distractions range from programming a navigation system, searching for something on the seat or floor of your vehicle, even tuning the radio. One of the most common and riskiest is using a mobile phone when you are behind the wheel.

Although the law permits hands-free devices, hands-free does not mean distraction free. Hands-free devices are no safer than hand-held devices and drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than those who don’t. Know what counts as distracted driving and the associated penalties.

Distractions create entirely preventable risks for you and for other drivers. Driving requires your full attention. This topic page has dedicated resources related to the prevention of distracted driving.


Training Solutions



Distracted Driving Products

Safety Talks


Tip Sheets and Documents


Additional Resources


Sample Policies and Procedures