Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ontario Drivers' Cellphone Ban Starts October 26

Ontario's government has provided long-awaited details regarding the effective date of the Province's new distracted driving law.

A September 30 statement from the Government of Ontario Newsroom advises:
Ontario's ban on hand-held devices while driving will take effect on October 26, 2009.

The new law will make it illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices.

Following a three-month period that begins October 26, where the focus will be on educating drivers, police will start issuing tickets on February 1, 2010.

...Under Ontario's new law, fines of up to $500 can be levied against distracted drivers who text, type, email, dial, or chat using a prohibited hand-held device.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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