According to a new report from Global News, Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said that she is willing to discuss the criminalization of distracted driving. This would mean treating distracted driving offenses in a similar manner to impaired driving.
Multiple provinces, including Quebec, British Columbia, and Manitoba, have all said that they would be willing to consider the change.
Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said that she will be meeting with her provincial counterparts next month to discuss the issue. She has appeared to have switched her point of view after Quebec’s premier called on her government to make distracted driving a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada.
The demand for stiffer consequences has been rising over the past year as the number of deaths caused by distracted drivers continues to increase at an alarming rate. In some provinces, the number of deaths caused by distracted driving has surpassed those caused by drunk driving.