Distracted Driving

It is illegal to text, dial, chat, email or search using a hand-held communication device while driving on Prince Edward Island. This includes use of:

  • cell phones
  • 10-4 phones
  • GPS systems
  • laptops   

Calls to 911 are exempt as are calls from the driver of an ambulance, fire department vehicle or police vehicle.

Fines and Consequences

Drivers who use a hand-held communication device while driving could face fines ranging from $575 to $1,275 and five (5) demerit points upon conviction.

Under the cell phone law (Section 291.1 Highway Traffic Act), no one shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway while holding or using a hand-held wireless communication device that is capable of receiving or transmitting telephone communications, electronic data, email or text messages.

New drivers are reminded of the Graduated Driver Licensing Program, where no person who is a Stage 1 driver or a newly licensed driver, shall use a hand-held cell phone, headphones, MP3 player, portable video games or any other hand-held electronic device while operating or having care and control of a motor vehicle.

Added Consequences for Passing a School Bus

Failing to stop for a school bus when the red lights are flashing will lead to a loss of 12 demerit points, resulting in licence suspension for three months. This is in addition to a fine of up to $5,000.

Stats on Distracted Driving Convictions for PEI

for use of hand-held communications devices

Total Convictions Year
83 2018
175 2017
200 2016
327 2015
308 2014
215 2013
258 2012
150 2011


Safe Alternatives

Drivers can use hands-free technology activated by a single touch to a button. Alternatively, when it is safe to do so, drivers can pull over and stop the vehicle to talk, email or check a map.


Published date: 
November 13, 2019
Transportation and Infrastructure

General Inquiries

Access PEI/Highway Safety Head Office
33 Riverside Drive,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Phone: 902-368-5200
Fax: 902-569-7560


Road-Related Inquiries: roads@gov.pe.ca 

All other Transportation and Infrastructure inquiries: DeptTIE@gov.pe.ca 

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