RCMP in Saskatchewan say distracted driving is on the rise and contributed to a record number of road deaths in 2012.

Sgt. Paul Dawson says 162 people were killed in crashes in the RCMP's jurisdiction alone, which doesn't include all cities.

Dawson says after impaired driving, distracted driving was a big problem.

Distracted driving includes people using a cellphone or eating while behind the wheel.

Dawson says drivers have even been spotted shaving.

The Saskatchewan Government Insurance, which tracks all automobile deaths in the province, says there were 173 fatalities as of mid-December.

According to SGI, August was the deadliest month with 30 fatalities.