Thursday, October 29, 2009

The cell phone ban is now in effect

We are now officially banned from using our hand-held electronic devices. Drivers can no longer text, email or even hold their cell phones while driving.

If a driver is caught using a hand-held device, they can face a fine of up to $500. Unlike other provinces, there are no demerit points attached to the offence.

From October 26, 2009 until February 1, 2010, there will be an education period. Some drivers believe that if they are caught, officers cannot issue them tickets yet. However, Sgt Dave Woodford of the OPP warns drivers that they should not assume they are scot-free. Although officers are showing some leniency, they can still lay charges by way of summons, where the driver would have to go to court to find out how big the fine will be.

Drivers are urged to not use their hand-held devices, and at the very least, use hands-free attachments if they really need to make or receive a call.

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