Submitted by: ad_diva
Ontario's Bill 118, an amendment to the Highway Traffic Act, came into effect as of September 01, 2009 and prohibits drivers from using handheld devices with display screens while operating a vehicle on the road.
Here's a summary of the of the new rules:
* Holding or using a wireless communication device (cell phone/Blackberry) or a portable electronic entertainment device (iPod, PlayStation Portables) while driving is prohibited
Violation of the new rules can carry a fine of $500. Demerit points will not be included but depending upon the violation, police will have the option to also use existing careless driving laws for additional penalties.
* Commercial GPS units along with similar dashboard-mounted devices that provide gauges and displays relating to logistical or navigation uses are permitted
* Using a cell phone or wireless communication device in hands-free mode, as long as you're not holding it during use, is permitted
* Using any device while pulled-over or parked in a way that you are not disrupting traffic, is permitted
* Systems used by Ambulances, Fire Departments, & Law Enforcement are exempt.
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Comments from the Cheap Seats:
Studies show that even talking on a hands-free device is more impairing than drunk driving. In some countries, hands free devices are not allowed to be used while your vehicle is in gear.
What do you think -Is the new law toothless or will it make a difference?