Cell Phones and Driving

Helloooooo, people….hang up the phones! 

I’m astounded at the number of people talking on their cell phones and driving at the same time since the new law came into effect on January 1, 2010.  So, in case you missed it, here it is – it’s a bit boring so skim if you must, but please, at least read my last two sentences:

Prohibition against use of electronic device while driving

214.2 (1) A person must not use an electronic device while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), a person must not communicate by means of an electronic device with another person or another device by electronic mail or other text-based message.

Use of Electronic Devices while Driving

“electronic device” means

(a) a hand-held cellular telephone or another hand-held electronic device that includes a telephone function,

(b) a hand-held electronic device that is capable of transmitting or receiving electronic mail or other text-based messages, or

(c) a prescribed class or type of electronic device;

“use”, in relation to an electronic device, means one or more of the following actions:

(a) holding the device in a position in which it may be used;

(b) operating one or more of the device’s functions;

(c) communicating orally by means of the device with another person or another device;

(d) taking another action that is set out in the regulations by means of, with or in relation to an electronic device.

 

$167.00 and three points on your drivers licence, or $20-$100 for a hands free device to use with your phone.

It’s your choice.

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