Those wondering when the Ontario government will put Bill 118, “Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act” into effect can wonder no more.
Effective Monday, October 26th, 2009 if you’re driving in Ontario the ban of using handheld devices such as cellphones, BlackBerry devices etc are prohibited. Studies have shown that 90% of drivers approve the ban, while 69% believe that the government should also ban eating.
That got you worried? There will be some grace time as ticketing officially begins February 1st… if you are caught talking, texting or e-mailing while driving you can be fined up to $500. The good news about getting a ticket is that there will be no demerit points deducted.
Excluded from this law are Emergency services workers such as police, paramedics and firefighters. Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said “It is not safe to be texting, emailing or dialing a phone when you are driving a vehicle. Now it is also illegal.”