The Government of Saskatchewan banned the use of a handheld device while driving in June 2014. The current fine for those who disobey the law is set at $280 and 4 demerit points. Effective January 1st, 2017, the province’s distracted driving laws will become harsher.
In an effort to prevent distracted driving, the government is moving past “using” a cellphone while driving and expanding the verbiage to include “holding, viewing, using or manipulating” a cellphone while driving. This change basically prohibits all drivers from using their mobile device. However, experienced drivers can use a hands-free device (such as a mount clipped to the dash) if it can be easily accessed with one touch of a button or through voice commands, but new drivers cannot.
In 2014, a total of 3,900 distracted driving accidents occurred in Saskatchewan, which injured over 700 and killed 27 people.