It's not clear yet what will be in the legislation, expected to be brought out for first reading by Transport Minister Jim Bradley, but there are reports it will prohibit all use of phones by drivers in this province, with the possible excepttion of hand's-free devices.
The legislation, which will fall under the Highway Traffic Act, comes after the Premier issued a major reveral on the issue. In November 2007, the suggestion of a cell phone ban for those behind the wheel had beencompletely rejected by Dalton McGuinty. But he suddenly changed his mind in a public pronouncement last May, admitting he was mulling over the idea.
"I know what they've done in other provinces and other states: they've just dealt with one item, the cellphone," he mused back then. "I talk to the police and they say you could deal with one item, but there's more than just one item (distracting drivers). I've asked Bradley to take a look to see if there's something we might do, which deals with distractors generally, and I think in particular, electronic distractors."
(h/t - Tamara E.)
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto