The RCMP Reminds Canadians That You Can Be Fined For Eating While Driving

Drivers could be charged as much as $400 for a single offence.

Canada is cracking down on its distracted driving problem with the rollout of stricter laws that impose harsher penalties and heftier fines on guilty offenders. Such measures are more than necessary now, as distracted driving has claimed more lives than impaired driving in provinces like British Columbia and Ontario.

READ ALSO: Ontario's New Driving Laws Will Mean Automatic Suspension Of Driver's Licences For Distracted Driving

But distracted driving is more than just using your cell phone while behind the wheel — according to the official RCMP website, distracted driving is anything that can lead to a driver’s impaired judgement while on the road, including:

  • Talking on a cellphone
  • Texting
  • Reading (books, maps, newspapers)
  • Smoking
  • Personal grooming
  • Adjusting the radio/CD or playing extremely loud music
  • Talking to passengers while fatigued
  • Eating and driving

On the issue of eating and drinking while driving, the RCMP said that “it's best to avoid eating and drinking while driving” and recommends that “if you need to take a drink, wait until you are stopped at a red light.”

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Last year, the BC RCMP released a tweet reminding Canadians that eating a bowl of soup while driving could lead to a $368 fine and adds six demerits to one’s record.

Though each province has its own specific laws regarding distracted driving, the RCMP notes that in most provinces, fines of over $500 and up to 4 demerit points with license suspension are possible.

READ ALSO: Here's What Counts As Distracted Driving Under Ontario's New Driving Laws

The recent policies regarding eating and drinking while driving have been highly controversial since their implementation. People who regularly go to drive-thrus or utilize their cupholders are particularly triggered by the law, saying that it’s still possible to keep one’s eyes on the road and a hand on the wheel while occasionally snacking with the other.

Do you think the laws around eating and drinking while driving are fair?

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